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Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do. – Brenè Brown

Sometimes we compare our whole lives to a snapshot or someone else’s. If we are looking at other people’s lives it can make us think everyone else has their lives together while we struggle behind the scenes. In reality, the people we think have it together probably feel the same struggle we do. We just don’t see that part.

That is why we have got to stop comparing and competing.

Jesus saw a crowd of people, and he felt deep compassion for them. To get honest with ourselves, when we see a crowd of people, do you feel compassion, or do you feel competition? If we see competition, we won’t have compassion, and if we don’t have compassion, we’ll lose our connection.

So, let us stop this endless cycle of comparison and instead choose to embrace our identity in Christ. Your identity isn’t based on your feelings but rather on the filling of the Holy Spirit. So, on days when you feel like you’re not enough you can remember that feelings change, but our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When you know who you are, you can stop comparing and start celebrating the unique ways God made every single one of us.

Jesus travelled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:35–36

Written by Dr Charisse le Roux