Social media and the thief of comparison

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

It’s easy to compare yourself to others, especially with social media today. What we often forget is that Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook don’t tell the whole story; they’re only the highlight reels of people’s everyday life.

Social media is the new fairy tale. I’ve found myself mindlessly scrolling through social media posts and starting to think, “This is how my life should be.” Most of social media isn’t real though. You don’t see people posting pictures of their screaming kids or posing with their 1989 Chevy Blazer with the hashtag #blessed. Social media is just one of the many arenas of comparison.

The question that drives comparison is simply, “Am I enough?” Smart enough. Good-looking enough. Successful enough. Happy enough. A good enough parent. Am I simply enough?

It’s because the thief of comparison steals the joy of where God has placed us right here, right now.

Benefits of comparison

Here are all the benefits of comparison:

That’s not a typo; there are zero benefits of comparing yourself to another person.

What comparison will do is create a bitter spirit, “God, why haven’t You blessed me like that person?” Comparison creates an entitlement attitude, “I’m a way better person than so-and-so. I deserve a better life.” Comparison also fosters a lack of gratitude and perspective, “If I only had what that person appears to have instead of this regular, vanilla life I’m living.”

When we stop comparing ourselves to others is when we can start embracing the lives we have. The world doesn’t need the next Steve Jobs or the next Justin Timberlake or the next Michael Jordan.

What the world really needs is the first you.

Today is about saying “I’m more than enough because of how God made me.” Today is about taking charge of your God-given talents and using your opportunities to leave your fingerprints on the world. Today is about being yourself because the world needs the first you, the one God made you, not anyone else, to be.

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