Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

on January 10, 2013

Raise your hand if you love great quotes. 

Oh shoot!  I forgot I can’t see you.

Well I’m going to imagine that a lot of you raised your hand.  Quotes can be quite inspiring.  They can be eye-opening.  I would even say they could cause one to have and epiphany.  Yes, I’m going to be that bold and dramatic. 

The other day when I was perusing Pinterest (if you have yet to discover this wonderful website, tell me and I’ll introduce you) I saw a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”  It immediately spoke to me. 

I thought to myself, how true is this.  Since I thought it, it must be. 🙂

How often do we let other people’s lives dictate our own by virtue of comparison?

You may be saying, “Elizabeth, what do you mean?” 

Are you saying that? 

What I mean is I know I am guilty of saying things like, “They’ve got it all together and I never will so why bother trying.”  Or something close to that anyway.  I’ve not tried new things because I was sure I wouldn’t be able to measure up to, well you fill in the blank of a name you’ve thought of before. 

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Comparison is just another disguise for the deceiver.  The enemy is constantly doing his darndest to undermine and paralyze us.  He wants to keep us from what the Lord has for us to do.  What better way to do this than to show us our short comings.  Our short comings are often the very things that God uses to grow us and shine through us. 

Nehemiah 8:10 says “Do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Got Joy? 

Blessings & Hugs, Elizabeth


One response to “Comparison is the Thief of Joy

  1. lgreen923 says:

    Where’d you put the keys? Where is that wayward sippy cup – and how can I find boots as cute as hers? It seems we are always looking for something, like a hunter – a hunter of the things we think we are missing.
    As we search the house for missing things and our life for missing pieces, God searches your heart. He seeks us in the quiet, in the chaos and the noise and longs for our company.
    As we journey through the maze of the missing – desiring the trait or possession of another even, we must not forget to seek Him first.
    “…And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives…And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:15-17 (Msg)

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