A lot of people have really picked up on the body positivity subject. And with that, there’s a lot of talk about comparison and how detrimental and just plain wrong it is. It’s hurtful to your mind, soul, and the way you view your own life. I don’t want to sound like a broken record when I say that there is no need to compare because you are made beautifully! But it is still true so I will continue to say it anyways. And no, I don’t care how many times it has been said or how many times you’ve heard it.
I struggle quite a bit with comparing myself to people, especially women. I compare my strength (physical, spiritual, and mental), body, and my voice. I have a feeling that I need to be out reaching people with the talents and strengths that God has given me. But then I see all of these amazing women and think, “how on earth am I supposed to make a difference when these women that are wayyy better than me are already doing what I dream of doing one day?” I know I shouldn’t have these thoughts because everyone is called to make a difference, and I know Jesus loves me the way I am. Trust me, I know we all read the countless articles about why we should stop comparing, and why we need to love ourselves, but it’s still so difficult.
There’s a story out of the Bible that’s really been on my heart lately. I kept hearing things about the ninety-nine. If you’re reading this, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Or maybe you’re like me and thinking, “uh what?” Because when I was listening to Reckless Love by Cory Asbury for the 100th time (look it up right now if you haven’t heard it yet) the other day, I decided to look up what it meant. After typing the words into my Google search bar and thought, “ohhh duh!!” I’d heard about it so long ago but somehow had forgotten and had a MAJOR brain fart.
I looked up the verses it comes from and they have just been running through my mind nonstop.
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.”
Wow. Eye opener. The funny thing is, at least for me anyways, I heard this verse when I was just a little kid and hadn’t really thought about it much since then. Reading it now shows me a new perspective on how the Lord sees us. While there are billions of us on this planet, each individual is just as important as the others. Always. And so even though it’s hard to not have thoughts of being inferior compared to other people, this verse holds all the truth. You are important. The person you’re fan-girling over is important. The famous athlete you’re wishing you could be just like is important. The homeless man that lives near your home is important. Neither of us are more important than the others. Just like that one sheep, we are each priceless and loved. God is chasing after all of our hearts. Not only the hearts of the well-known.
I hope you keep the wise words of this parable in mind when you’re dealing with your comparison struggles. Or if you’re struggling to feel loved. Remember this:
You. Are. Always. Important.