Welcome to swimsuit season! Have you been doing your yoga? Getting in a couple of hundred crunches before each day begins? No? Me neither. ‘Same probably goes for most of the people you see each day. Unfortunately, those aren’t the images we hold up as average in our minds. Instead, we see the airbrushed perfection of billboard bodies and magazine covers. Here is the lesson for today, though, and it really applies to far more than a day at the beach:
DON’T COMPARE IN YOUR UNDERWEAR!
That is, don’t take how you look as you stand before the mirror in your skivvies and compare yourself to how your best friend looks all dressed up and ready for a party. I could rewrite that advice in a hundred different ways, but here are a few iterations:
· Don’t assume that your friends’ kids (or spouses) are perfect (and thus yours are deficient) just because you are unaware of their weaknesses.
· Don’t come home from a party, look around your house, and wonder why you can’t keep things as neat and tidy as the next guy (who probably spent all day preparing for your arrival.)
· Don’t look at… I think you have the idea. We ought not to compare any aspect of our lives with that of someone else because
WE DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE PICTURE!
Furthermore (and this is God, not me, talking), “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
So, next time “Ol’ Slewfoot,” (C.S. Lewis’s nickname for Satan. Don’t you love it?) comes at you with a hearty dose of discontentment or shame, show him the door. We are children of the Almighty God! He loves us, he has great things for us to do, and he doesn’t want us wasting time trying to see how we stack up against all his other creatures!