How often do you compare yourself with others? Most of us do it way too often, thanks in part to social media. Comparison can be harmful to your mental and emotional health, leading to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. It can also cause jealousy, envy, and a lack of appreciation for yourself and others. You may have heard the quote “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It can also be the thief of dreams. Our guest, author Angela Scott said it almost stole hers. Through faith, friends and fierce honesty with herself, Angela was able to face down comparison. In this episode we learned so much about what we’re calling “Comparison Detox.”
Angela Scott is the author of Yearning: Daily Encouragement for Remaining Hopeful as you Wait . It’s a truly inspiring devotional for the seasons of waiting that we all go through, but it almost didn’t happen. Angela had to push aside her fear of not being up to the task, especially when she saw the progress of those who were more experienced and already successful. Once she realized that she needed to “run her own race” and trust God’s timing, she found both peace and the courage to move forward. Then by opening up to others, she also got help from those she called "purpose sisters."
Angela told us, “There is enough room for us all. I felt like God just kept saying, run YOUR race. Stop looking at what this person is doing. Let them run their race." We all have unique gifts and talents and there is room for everyone to be successful. It doesn’t matter what your dream is or what stage you are in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re going after your dream for the first time or the hundredth time. Every time you begin again, you begin with new knowledge.
We think Angela’s story will both bless you and give you some practical tips for escaping the comparison trap. It may also open your eyes to how to reach your goals AND enjoy the journey that you are on. Remember, nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Say a prayer and ask God what He wants to show you. We hope you’ll click play for some inspiration.
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God Will Get You Through! (w/Writer & Speaker, Angela Scott)