So I have a love/hate relationship with social media and unfortunately, it is a necessary evil in today’s world. While it makes it really easy to connect, it also makes it really easy to compare. Theodore Roosevelt said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” and he wasn’t kidding. Although, I don’t usually get caught up in the comparison game, I recently got side swiped by a Facebook post and found myself thinking something along the lines of “Seriously, how is she getting married before me?!”. Um really Angela?! I thought that I was over that kind of petty thinking but obviously not.
I was comparing two things which are not comparable in the first place…where I am in my life (still single), to where she is in her life (getting married and a few years younger than me) and I let the happiness and love that I normally would have felt for her, get lost in the shuffle. I also temporarily forgot how awesome I have it. I have a really wonderful life that I wouldn’t trade for anything but for a split second, I let my mind go there and look what happened.
I know it can be hard sometimes when you see the highlight reel of someone else’s life play out on social media, especially when they have or are doing something that you want so badly for yourself. Comparison really can steal your joy, if you let it. Don’t do it. Keep your mind focused on God and the good in your own life. He has a plan for each one of us. We need to trust Him and not compare His plan for someone else to His plan for us. There really is no comparison.