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Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Importance of Being Me

In Proverbs 14:30 I read, “It's healthy to be content, but envy can eat you up.” (CEV)

To live an abundant life that overflows with God’s goodness, the first thing I need to do is to start being grateful and stop complaining. The second thing is to start being content and stop comparing.

God made me to be me. He doesn’t want me to be anybody else! When I compare myself to others, I get envious and resentful, and may even start to copy them.  

God has never made a clone. God only makes originals

Comparing only gets me in trouble. When I compare it causes two problems.

One, I get full of discouragement, because I can always find someone who’s doing a better job than you. And secondly, I can become full of pride, because I can always find someone who’s not doing as good a job as me.

The Bible says, “It is better to be content with what little you have. Otherwise, you will always be struggling for more, and that is like chasing the windEcclesiastes 4:6 (NCV).

Because of social media, it’s easier than ever to compare myself to others. We see posts every day that shout, “Look at me! Look what I can do! Look what I’ve got!” this can draw me into a state of envy and discontent. It can even cause me to try to impress others with my own posts. But the thing is, I don’t have to impress anyone. A key to living a life overflowing with joy is to just be myself, content with who God made me to be.

It’s healthy to be content, but envy can eat you up” (Proverbs 14:30 CEV).

Contentment comes when I enjoy what I have rather than waiting for something else to make me happy. Stop comparing myself to others, and start being content with what God has given me—and then watch your joy overflow!