Toxic Comparison: The thief of joy
Experiencing the abundant blessing of life itself, as a gift from God, is precious and transformative. This joy is often soured and distorted when we engage in the practice of comparison with others. We compare their circumstances, gifts or ministries. Many think that lack, anxiety or resources are the issues, but the real problem is often comparison. When we try to fill our emptiness with “stuff” or achievement we are merely papering over the cracks that lie unaddressed in our core.
We must lose the compulsion to measure ourselves and our lives by looking at others. When we just receive the experience of being alive we begin to discover the eternal reality of abundance, joy, fulfillment, and love. This changes our perception of pretty much everything but especially of ourselves. We are co-heirs with Jesus over all creation with no need to slavishly run after the hollow, shallow and temporal trifles that so many people chase. You were not designed to feel empty, insignificant or fearful – the Creator has said so!
Exuberance & Joy Await
So where is the disconnect happening? Why is there a chasm between our reality and the one offered to us by God? You are alive, so touch, smell, see and hear what is around you – heighten your senses and live in appreciation of the moment. It’s an extraordinary yet ordinary thing to sense creation’s vibe, song, and flow. Perceive that your life here on earth is but a segment of an eternal continuum. All that we need to live our life to the full has been provided by the one who gave us that life and whose breath is at the very center of our being. Our collaboration with God, if it’s unconditional and intentional, will bring us to a place of exuberance and joy regardless of the circumstances of life. It was His plan for us all along!
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