Battle of the Red High Heels

You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
{1 Corinthians 3:3}

Face it. We’re women. We love to pick things apart. From our wardrobe, to our man, to the nicely dressed friend we secretly don’t ‘care for’, the one we try to dodge at the supermarket.

In my weakness and downright selfishness, I can lose sight and end up comparing myself to others.

“This one is smarter… That one is taller and fit… Oh and that one is still so skinny after 3 kids… Ugh, they sicken me…”

Are you with me, ladies?

Before I know it, I am gettin’ down at my own pity party. Bless my heart.

But…something tells me I’m not the only one who has attended a shindig like this one.

What if we stopped comparing ourselves to other fallen human beings and started examining our own hearts and lives and then comparing them with Jesus, our Ultimate Role Model? He is what we should strive to look like and act like.

Instead of a pity party, there will be a celebration when we keep our eyes focused on Jesus. But how do we get there?

You see, Jesus is everything we need. He breaks the chains of feeling like we are never good enough, of worthlessness, fear, perfectionism, addiction, and every other trial we are facing.

“..his divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.” -2 Peter 1:3

In Christ, we truly have everything we need. Therefore, do not let the devil lie to you for one minute telling you that you aren’t good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14 NIV)

The more we compare ourselves to others, the more we think about ourselves and others in a negative way and the more we do that, the deeper we sink inwardly into our selfish ways.

Sister, you were not called to this kind of living.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than this.”

If we looked at other women (and men) like God sees them, which is at the heart and not the outward appearance, y’all, we wouldn’t be knit-picking them apart. We would be praising God for how He redeems, blesses, and saves us…ALL of us!

When we stop comparing, we are choosing the Spirit’s ways over our fleshly ways day in and day out. It’s exhausting but through His strength, we can do it!

Not one woman out there has it all together and we, as God’s royal daughters, need to take this facade of the “perfect woman” off the mantel in our minds and put Jesus back up there!

When we keep our eyes on Him, we will start to see others in a gracious and loving way.

You are loved and accepted not because of how you look (or “could” look) or how successful you are. You are loved because God is love and He has chosen to love every single human on this planet just like you. {1 John 4:8-10}

The next time you see someone who your flesh would love to pick apart because it is weak and selfish, tap into the Spirit of God living inside you and praise Him because YOU (and the person you’re judging) are both fearfully and wonderfully made.

Let’s kick off the flashy red high heels of selfish comparison and clothe ourselves with strength and dignity.

{Proverbs 31:25}

-Katie

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