My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Day 19…Keeping Up with the Joneses

Vacations and houses and cars–oh my!

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Some days I feel like I am surrounded by people with more. I look around and see the house I wish I had, the car that would be so much nicer or the clothes that are always better. I never thought I was the type to try to keep up, but in my mind I seem to punish myself when I don’t.

When I realized the neighbor’s house is so much nicer than mine or the friend’s vacation is so much better I struggle between being happy for them and ashamed of myself. Somehow I’ve bought into the idea that if I am not the best at everything than I am not worth anything.

This is where comparison gets me in trouble. I have linked my worth to other people. I have given something of mine away to people who don’t even know they have it. And then I punish myself.

Am I the only one?

Maybe I am. And if that’s the case, than this is all just part of my dance. But if I’m not the only one, if you have ever tied your worth to the bumper of someone else’s (shinier) car, then there is one thing you need to know.

God isn’t comparing us.

We do that. All on our own. But the truth is that we were never meant to attach our worth to anyone but Jesus. That’s it. End of story. It’s not about the Joneses. It’s about us and cutting ties that don’t belong to connect with the one that does.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

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