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Don’t Look

Comparison is an ugly thing. It can keep us from being content and thankful for what we have and for who we were created to be. Yet in a society that places great importance on youth, beauty, weight, wealth, health, success, and material goods, it can be easy to fall into its snare. 

While walking down the street one morning, I was unconsciously comparing myself to others. Quite frankly, I wasn’t measuring up very well. The more I walked and compared, the more discouraged I became.
The Lord:
“Don’t look”.
 
Christine:
“Don’t look? LORD, what do you mean?”
 
The Lord:
“Daughter, if your eyes are causing you to lose your peace, you must not look.  You are beautiful in my sight, created for my purposes. If your eyes and mind are clouded with concern about how you measure against others, those around you will not be able to see the light of the beauty I have placed within you. It will be darkened by the cares of comparison.”

Christine:
“I see LORD.
Please help me not to compare.
Help me to give thanks for who you created me to be.
Thank you LORD for the good plans you have for my life.”
 
Questions to ponder:
Are there areas of your life where you compare yourself to others?
You physical appearance?
Your possessions?
Your spouse?
Your job?
Your abilities?
Even your level of faith in God?
Remember, you are God’s beautiful creation.  He knew what He was doing when He made you.  He has placed you where you are for a reason.  He has good plans for Your life.  Let us not allow the cloud of comparison to dim the light of God’s presence within us.
 
 God’s Word:
Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
 
Psalm 139:14,15,16
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (NIV)

Proverbs 31:30
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
 
Isaiah 29:16
Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”? (NKJV)
 

 Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

1 thought on “Don’t Look

  1. I Love this in your opening, “don’t look at your life, yourself, or your circumstances without remembering the protective covering of the Love of Jesus. It will damage your vision.”

    Great and insightful article. Speaks deeply to me. I’m sure it will to many. We all so often compare.

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