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Measuring Sticks

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If we can’t disconnect the desire to measure ourselves against others, then perhaps it’s time to pull the plug on our social media sites and anything else that we use as comparisons.

“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.” (2 Corinthians 10:12 ESV)

My stepmom has a door jamb at the family cottage that is marked with all the kids’ and grandchildren’s heights at various ages of growing up. I remember I had one on my kitchen wall as well, but having moved so many times, the historical record was lost. But the lakeside home had been in the family for almost a hundred years and holds our legacy.

I recall my girls getting their marks on the wall. They stood as tall as they could as grandma measured and then stood back and compared their heights to their cousins. It was always tough to not measure up!

It’s funny, as an adult, I still feel that way sometimes . . . especially when I go onto social media. Someone always has a more fulfilling career, a newer car, or is constantly preparing gourmet dinners . . . and the comparison can go deeper. There are better marriages, a more passionate church family or a closer walk with Jesus. Everyone seems to have it all together and a much fuller life than I live.

It’s like I have my back up against a wall and no matter how tall I go on my tippy toes, I just can’t make the mark.

Ladies, we need to let this go. We need to remember that we aren't to be comparing ourselves to others’ lives (or Facebook pages) but rather to be asking the Lord how we’re doing! If we can’t disconnect the desire to measure ourselves against others, then perhaps it’s time to pull the plug on our social media sites and anything else that we use as comparisons.

Father, forgive us for failing to listen to You and to measure ourselves against Your Word. Help us to see ourselves through Your eyes and to stretch ourselves as we continue to grow in our knowledge and love of You. 

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