Devotionals: The Death of the Comparison Game/ Reflecting on God’s Goodness

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

9But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I always dreamt of working remotely. In July of 2020, God allowed that. I dreamt of moving to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend Elevation Church as an active member. In August of 2021, God allowed that. I dreamt of living in a safe, thriving community with convenience to local shops and stores that I needed access to. God allowed that and more. His provision continuously amazes me, until I start the comparison game.

As I scroll through social media and watch YouTube videos of vloggers whose lives seem as they have it all together, my heart starts to sink. “I’m so behind,” I think to myself. “These people have it all together, meanwhile it takes me almost 20 minutes to create one video reel”.

As I listen to stories of young Black Americans in my new community, I learn from some that they come from a two-family home, have already found their careers, and already have purchased their own home, slowly jealousy and shame enter my soul. “I wish I had that”, I think to myself. I wish I was able to see what a healthy two-parent home looked like, what it is like to wake up and see your mom and dad in the kitchen, to have been able to discuss the process of what college hunting was like and navigate the scholarship and loan process for undergraduate school; but then God reminds me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.”

Though I  have experienced many trials and tribulations,  I have persevered and accomplished much, and all of this was with the strength and power of God. From youth, He has been molding me, shaping me, using me, and for all of this, I am grateful. He never leaves my side and his grace is and has been so sufficient for me.

I encourage you all today to focus on the good things. Remember God’s mercies and how He has brought you through. Reflect on the things He has helped you to accomplish in your life and how far you have come. His grace is sufficient.

Peace Be with you,