The Joy Thief
“Her hair is so much prettier than my hair.”
“She’s gorgeous and amazing at sports.”
“She is such a people person. I wish I was that outgoing.”
Thoughts. They're just little ideas that flutter across the stage of my mind. Sometimes on a daily basis if I’m not careful. There’s this little creature that I like to call the “Joy Thief." He’s a sneaky little guy. He’ll snatch your thoughts of contentedness from you in a flash, and he’ll leave you with the feeling that you’re enough. Not pretty enough, outgoing enough, skinny enough, smart enough, or talented enough.
To many, the Joy Thief is also known as Comparison.Comparison is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. It’s damaging. It sucks the happiness right out of your soul and leaves you feeling gloomy, worthless, and like you’re on the bottom of the totem pole. God knows exactly when the Joy Thief sees an opening into your thoughts and goes in for the kill. He knows and understands this struggle, and He wants you to have the joy of knowing how precious you are to Him. A passage that has been very near and dear to my heart when I have struggled with comparing myself to others is Psalm 139. I encourage you to read the whole chapter, but what I would like to focus on today are verses 13-16:
For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. (Psalm 139 NKJV)
God knew every aspect of you before you were even conceived. He knew exactly what you would look like, whether you would be soft spoken or super outgoing, tall or short. He already knew your likes and dislikes. He made you, you. He created each of us with the beautiful gift of womanhood, but He gave each of us specific attributes that would make each woman a unique masterpiece. By comparing ourselves to each other we are saying to our Creator that He has messed up.
But you know what? He doesn’t mess up. He never has, and He never will.
You are His beautiful creation. You take His breath away. He loves your every quirk. He loves that you have crazy fun curly hair or super straight sleek hair because He made you that way. The way to truly defeat this Joy Thief is by becoming more like your Savior, Jesus Christ. Fall more in love with our Lord day by day. Let Him show you from His word how much you mean to Him. He loved you enough that He sent His only begotten Son to die for your sins.
Don’t let the Joy Thief win today.
I pray that today you will be able to see yourself through God’s eyes: a beautiful masterpiece with a beautiful purpose.