Maybe you're scrolling through Instagram and all that you see are picture perfect moments. You're lucky to get out of your sweatpants. Pinterest has all of these perfectly spotless homes. Your house doesn't seem that beautiful anymore. Facebook has the best recipes ever, yet you can't seem to figure out how to keep things from burning. Why does it feel like you can't get it right? They're "perfect" while you're...well, you.
Hear me when I say this: No one has been or ever will be perfect except Jesus Christ, born of God, Himself.
While it may seem like everyone's life is perfect but yours, take inventory. Would someone want to post their child's tantrum? I think not. Do you find many posting about their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Nope. I've said it many times, social media is deceptive. Many just want you to see the highlights of their lives, not the stumbling and mess ups. A picture may say one thing, but if you were to step into that person's shoes, it may not seem as perfect as what you thought it would be.
She may be struggling with a disease you know nothing about. That home that just seems perfect may also be the home where voices are raised and love is never found. That girl you saw on the street today in a perfectly styled outfit, she may be in debt up to her ears. You truly have no idea what someone else is going through. People only allow you to see what they want you to perceive.
Paul stated in Philippians 4:11 these words:
"...for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Let me tell you something: God gave you this life for a purpose. While you feel messy, know that no one is perfect. Everyone has struggles, temptations, and weaknesses. In a world that's trying to create a perfect life with no mountains to climb, I want you to know that your struggles build and shape your character. Your trials build you. You become stronger from learning, from experience.
You are not less than for struggling. If you trust in Him, God will lead you out of this. We are more than conquerors through Him that loves us. The Holy Spirit will show you how to be content and hold on. You're not the only one having a hard time. Don't fall into that comparison game, because it's a thief. Find joy in right now.
Jesus loves you. In fact He loves you so much that when you trust Him and give Him your life, He'll remove you from the mess you've created. While life won't be a bed of roses with the Lord--because there will be trials--He promises joy as you hold His hand and He promises Heaven to His faithful followers.
Hey, listen, I mess up. I have papers coming out the wazoo in my desk drawer. I look at themes on Instagram and find myself wishing I could do better. Everyone struggles with something. We just have to be smart enough to walk away from temptations of--yes, even comparison and wishing we were "perfect."
While we'll never be perfect, we must strive to be more Christ-like, not world-like. Only the Holy Spirit can change us. We already have enough of worldly people. Step out. Be bold. Even in your mess, Christ will find you. He can use you friend, but you must be useable. Get out of the comparison game. It's robbing you of joy. God's given you this life for a purpose. Discover it with prayer and obedience. He will show you. There you will find contention.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!