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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:13-14

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If there’s one thing I know it’s this: The measuring stick will get you stuck! Comparison is the devil’s tool that has stopped many of us gals from stepping into our God-given destinies…and it’s time to stop!

You know I’ve been camping out with Moses by the burning bush for over a year while writing Take Hold of the Faith You Long For. When we meet up with him in Exodus chapter 3, he is an insecure, stuttering recluse. He argued with God and told Him that he was not a good speaker.

But, Moses hadn’t always been so insecure. Look what Stephen said to the Sanhedrin: “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22). He was powerful in speech? That’s what The Book says.

So what happened? Moses failed and bailed and ran away to Midian. Thought he deserved to be there. Got stuck there. He forgot his pre-ordained preparation and his God-given ability.

Oh, I wish I was sitting right there with you and we could just chat and throw around ideas. For now, I’ll just ask you this question and maybe one day we’ll sit and have a long talk.

How do you think that Moses came up with the idea that he was not a good speaker? Here’s what I think. I think that Moses came up with the idea by comparing himself to other people he thought were good speakers.

It’s the same way with you and me. Comparison opens the door for sabotaging lies to steal our confidence, stymie our courage, and stand in the way of our contentment. Comparison puts up roadblocks along the path to fulfilling our God-given calling by setting an undefined standard of approval and acceptance.

We fear the REJECT stamp will come crashing down with wet ink that mars all of life. We fear that we are perhaps fatally flawed as confidence seeps through the holes of insecurity punctured and punctuated by comparison.

We compare our abilities to someone else’s and come to this conclusion: I could never do it like she does it. And you know what? You were never meant to! God doesn’t need two people just alike. He has uniquely and precisely created you with specific gifts and talents to do exactly what He has called you to do. So get good at being you!

David wrote: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Ps. 139:13-14 emphasis added).

He knew what full well? In these particular verses, David wasn’t praising God for the way He flung the stars in the night sky, set the spinning earth on its axis, or stocked the oceans with sea creatures of every kind. David was marveling at the magnificent masterpiece called David. Me. You. He knew that full well.

You are God’s workmanship. His masterpiece—His grand finale of all creation. Do you know that full well? You are amazing!

Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (Gal. 6:4–5, MSG).

Listen; if God didn’t put it in you, then you don’t need it to do what He has called you to do.

If God didn’t make you eloquent, then you don’t need to be eloquent to do what He’s prepared for you to do.

If God didn’t make you a good speller, then you don’t need to be a good speller to do what He’s prepared for you to do.

If God didn’t place you in a home where you were the apple of your daddy’s eye, then you don’t need to be the apple of your daddy’s eye to be all God wants you to be and do all He has planned for you to do.

One pastor said: “One of the main reasons we struggle with insecurity is that we’re comparing our behind-the-scenes with everybody else’s highlight reel.”[i] I promise to show you the film on the cutting room floor. See, I cut them out, but God picked them back up, brushed them off, and inserted them back into the reel. “These are some of my favorites,” He explained. “The scenes you would rather no one see are the very ones that will help women see Me.”

God knows your inadequacies and your insecurities. He knows what caused them and who caused them. He saw you before you even had them. Yet He chose you before you were born for a purpose—to fulfill a plan in a predetermined point in time (Acts 17:26).

So let’s let go of comparison and take hold of our God-given uniqueness!

You’re amazing!

Let’s Pray

Lord, thank You for making me with unique gifts and talents. Thank You that there is no one else just like me, but I was created to Your specifications. Help me to stop comparing myself to others, but to be the best me I can be.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn.

One thing about doing ministry with Gwen and Mary is that we are all very different. Gwen is like Tigger on steroids. Mary is cuddly like Pooh. And I’m more like Owl with a little bit of Eeyore thrown in.

This ministry would be a mess if we were all the same.

Think of your group of friends or the people you work with. How does each one being different make it all work together?

Read 1 Corinthians 12:14-30. What would the Body of Christ look like if we were all the same?

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion was taken from my book, Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold. Sign up for my blog at SharonJaynes.com and receive a download for a FREE Take Hold Coloring Book Journal. A mediocre, mundane faith is not what you were made for! In Take Hold of the Faith You Long For, I reveal the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith, living less than what we had hoped. I show you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live the adventurous faith of bold believing. It’s time to TAKE HOLD of all that Jesus has already taken hold of for you and placed in you! Click on the book cover to download a sample chapter and view a quick video. And if you’re looking for a new study for your women’s group or individual study, Take Hold includes a Bible Study guide in the back.

5 Responses to “When Comparison Kills Confidence”

  1. Heather says:

    So true…we are living in a culture that incubates and breeds competition. With both of my girls almost raised now, I have seen it as being one of my worst parenting mistakes, as I have instilled competition first, practically Christ second. I see the difficulties in their lives and their struggles knowing I have contributed to that.
    Well, I dearly love your messages, Sharon. Bless you for being real and helping women like myself.
    -heather

  2. Joy says:

    What a great devotional! It was both confirmation and a reminder that I really needed. Especially today as I start my new job. Thank you! 🙂

  3. 1Chiq says:

    I read your devotionals daily- from my email. I very rarely come onto the website unless I’m looking for information on an event, a book, etc. But today’s devotional hit me RIGHT where I was sitting so I just had to come and thank you. And thank Him for making Sharon (and the rest of the girlfriends) eloquent! I am struggling with a matter right now and I compare myself to others on a regular basis. I could honestly stand to read this devotional every day (good thing I can print it and put it up in my home and office). I know I’m His child and I know that He created me to be exactly as I am. But I still struggle with issues of confidence. Thank you for taking up this matter today and sharing your wisdom (and the Word) with me and others. It’s more appreciated than you’ll ever know!

  4. Kate says:

    Thank you Sharon, this is so encouraging today. God is showing me how He sees me, and there are videos in my mind of hurtful things that have been said to me when I was a child at school. When I remembered these things this morning, I thought ‘what does Jesus say to me in this circumstance?’ and I saw Him right there in it with my 13 yr old self and gathering me up and telling me I’m his daughter and beautiful and just the way He wants me, and then what was a hurtful scene becomes transformed by His love and acceptance! God is so loving and gentle. I’m realizing I need to ask Jesus what He wants to say to me when hurtful memories pop up, and allow myself to be comforted by Him within that memory. Thank you so much for your daily devotions, you are amazing!

  5. Becky says:

    This has surprised me this morning. Guess God lead me to this Girlfriends In God! It had to be Him! How very grateful I am. Thank You! I want to shout it from the rooftop! Hey everybody, just look what God did for Me today! He does love me, and friends, God Loves You Too!

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