I am not a “car person”… or so I thought! And I really didn’t think comparison was a trap I usually fell in to. Until recently! Bobby and I started looking for a new car. I have always driven the new car and Bobby got the old car. That’s just how things worked. And I was happy with the way things worked. Until recently! Bobby had been hinting that he would love a truck. Really, really hinting! So, I decided that it was time that Bobby got the new car and I would take over the old one…
That thought lasted about 10 seconds! And then this not-a-car-girl started to compare the older model car that I would be driving to the fabulous cars most of my friends drive. And the thought of driving an older model car, well… sorta embarrassed me. YIKES! I was smack dab in the grips of comparison.
Then I started to think about other times I might have fallen into this trap…
My high school reunion is coming up and I’ve been reconnecting with lots of great friends from the past. And I noticed that I might be comparing myself (no, I am) to them to see if I’ve held up as well over the years! YIKES, again. Don’t you think I should be past this comparison thing by now?
Being a blogger it is so easy to get sucked into the comparison trap. We “do” pretty things all day long. We create beauty and take beautiful photos and write about beauty and saturate social media with lots of beautiful ideas. But are they beautiful enough? How do I compare to all the other bloggers I rub shoulders with. I’ve even said when I’ve seen particularly gorgeous photos from my favorite blogs, “Yvonne, you need to step up your game”! CRUSHING!
So, instead of finding joy in the fact that Bobby (my darling, wonderful, self-sacrificing husband) gets his dream truck after 34 years of getting the old handoff I was embarrassed about driving a perfectly nice second car!
And instead of delighting in rekindling amazing friendships from the past, I am now overly concerned with how I look and the few (okay many extra pounds) I have put on.
And for all the over-the-top fabulous accolades I get from readers all over the world I am worried that what I produce is not beautiful enough?
STOP THE MADNESS!!!! And this is from a girl who does not think she has an issue with comparison? Oh, think again, Yvonne!
It’s amazing how God shows up and shows you the rough edges (sin) in your life in His perfect timing!
Beth Bryan, the amazing blogger and author of Unskinny Boppy asked me a few weeks ago if I would like to be a part of something very special. A bible study called the COMPARISON TRAP, a 28 day devotional that tackles the issue of comparison.
And she invited me to be a host!!!!! I jumped at the chance! “Yes, I really, really need this”, I thought! And if I need this you may too! So I’d like to invite you to join me and Beth and Vanessa and Jennifer as we delve into the COMPARISON TRAP! And study this topic from God’s perspective!
Start by joining us in our private Facebook page HERE. We will talk and share and you can too! We will be getting real so we want you to also!
Tonight (April 30th) come on over to our Facebook group and Beth will be giving a live introduction to our study at 9:00 Eastern Time. I’ve never participated in a Facebook live event before and I’m pretty excited about this!
Then make sure you buy the book the Comparison Trap Devotional by Sandra Stanley (wife of Andy Stanley) online. You can find it HERE.
So download the app and make sure to listen to a short talk about comparison before you begin. And make sure you join us on our Facebook page for Beth’s live chat tonight!
Each new study week one of us will kick off what we will be studying in a Facebook live chat.
I would love you to join us on this 28 day God-filled adventure!
- joining our Facebook group HERE
- buy the Comparison Trap Devotional HERE
- and download the app HERE, HERE, or HERE.
I’ll be listening to Beth tonight and I hope you will join in too! I’m so excited to meet you on our facebook page and go through this bible study with you!
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