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63. The Distraction of Comparison Says "Be Like Her"

But what does God say?

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Do you ever struggle with the distraction of comparison? This distraction not only diverts our attention from what's important, but it also does a number on our attitudes and how we see ourselves and others. This distraction tells us to "Be like her." Julie shares a personal story how this distraction derailed her last week. Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes. Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com/resources/.

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  • real life
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  • comparison
Show notes

If you've listened in or followed me for any time at all, you probably know I'm passionate about helping women live encouraged and less distracted. Because living distracted is not God's best for us. One big distraction is the subject of today's episode. Because I recently had an encounter with it, and let me tell you, it completely threw me off-course. Hang out with me here for the next short while and together we'll find help and hope for our real lives today as we address the distraction of comparison.

Let me begin by saying this:

I know not to compare.

Really, I do. I used to be an expert at comparing myself to others. You see, God gave me a competitive spirit. I like to compete, yet that same spirit, when combined with my flesh, can get way out of hand.

With God's help, however, I've gotten better handling this competitive spirit over the years, and I'm not as tempted to compare myself like I used to. But last week the distraction of comparison reared its ugly head within me once again. And I wasn't ready for it.

I know all the reasons why not to compare myself. Because God made me to be me, because I'm not to envy or be jealous of someone else, nor am I to covet what another person has. I know giving in to comparison is not God's best for me, because if He wanted me to be someone else, He would have created me to be someone else. Right?

I also know what happens when I give in to the distraction of comparison. I get discouraged. Completely down in the dumps. I feel like a failure, less-than, and I trample on my own self-worth.

The distraction of comparison is sneaky and it's not God's best for us.

This distraction of comparison diverts our attention away from serving God and others in ways God has called us to. It distracts us from what's truly important. And it prevents us from being effective women of God. The distraction of comparison robs us of our peace and our joy.

And it whispers lies to steer us further off course.

Comparison says, "Be like her," when God says, "Be who I created you to be."

In this episode I share the details of how this distraction of comparison affected me last week, and we discuss three scriptures that point us to truth. We also come to the conclusion on how to overcome this pesky distraction of comparison.

May we remember to not "be like her" (or anyone else), but to be who God created us to be. I'm grateful we get to journey through this life together. Thanks for being here. God bless you.

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