Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Evil of Comparison

I am perfectly content as long as I keep focused on me, my place in the universe, the people that live in my home.  Well, not perfectly perfect.  There's water damage on the living room ceiling and 18 loads of laundry to fold and a toddler to potty-train.  But those things will be dealt with in due time.

It is when I examine others that unhappiness creeps in.  Or rather swoops in.  Like a sucker punch to the gut.    I mistakenly start to think that what I have is not good enough.  That I deserve what others have.

God has been addressing this issue with me through the strangest of ways.  My Facebook feed.

Every day these quotes and images have been popping up in my feed, and I know it's God's way of bitch-slapping me back into contentment.

Today, someone shared this:


A few days ago, this quote popped up:

"Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about." - Jane Frances de Chantal

And the big kick in the pants came via two bloggers, Dwija and Mary:

"Must you continue to be your own cross? No matter which way God leads you, you change everything into bitterness by constantly brooding over everything. For the love of God, replace all this self-scrutiny with a pure and simple glance at God's goodness." --St. Jeanne de Chantal

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8 comments:

  1. Um, ok. St. Jane really put the smackdown on me with that last one! Woah. I need to memorize that or write it on my forehead.

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  2. How about tattoo on both forehead and arm! That way I can read it myself for reminder, and others can read it out to me when I've obviously forgotten. Good one.

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  3. Wow...that St. Jeanne quote is a real kick in the you know what. Off to read more about St. Jeanne de Chantal.

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  4. Isn't it funny how God works?! And from the response this quote has gotten, the issue is something that a lot of us struggle with, myself included.

    P.S. My favorite part of that quote is "For the love of God!" I can just picture someone saying it with such exasperation :)

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  5. Thank you. Nothing more, just thank you.

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  6. Great quotes! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great reminder! Thank you for sharing. It is so true, but we tend to get caught up and forget what is really important. I needed this reminder too, so thanks!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Evil of Comparison

I am perfectly content as long as I keep focused on me, my place in the universe, the people that live in my home.  Well, not perfectly perfect.  There's water damage on the living room ceiling and 18 loads of laundry to fold and a toddler to potty-train.  But those things will be dealt with in due time.

It is when I examine others that unhappiness creeps in.  Or rather swoops in.  Like a sucker punch to the gut.    I mistakenly start to think that what I have is not good enough.  That I deserve what others have.

God has been addressing this issue with me through the strangest of ways.  My Facebook feed.

Every day these quotes and images have been popping up in my feed, and I know it's God's way of bitch-slapping me back into contentment.

Today, someone shared this:


A few days ago, this quote popped up:

"Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about." - Jane Frances de Chantal

And the big kick in the pants came via two bloggers, Dwija and Mary:

"Must you continue to be your own cross? No matter which way God leads you, you change everything into bitterness by constantly brooding over everything. For the love of God, replace all this self-scrutiny with a pure and simple glance at God's goodness." --St. Jeanne de Chantal

Message received.  

8 comments:

  1. Um, ok. St. Jane really put the smackdown on me with that last one! Woah. I need to memorize that or write it on my forehead.

    ReplyDelete
  2. How about tattoo on both forehead and arm! That way I can read it myself for reminder, and others can read it out to me when I've obviously forgotten. Good one.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow...that St. Jeanne quote is a real kick in the you know what. Off to read more about St. Jeanne de Chantal.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Isn't it funny how God works?! And from the response this quote has gotten, the issue is something that a lot of us struggle with, myself included.

    P.S. My favorite part of that quote is "For the love of God!" I can just picture someone saying it with such exasperation :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you. Nothing more, just thank you.

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  6. Great quotes! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great reminder! Thank you for sharing. It is so true, but we tend to get caught up and forget what is really important. I needed this reminder too, so thanks!

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