Welcome to episode 082 of Mud Stories!
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This week we’re talking about how to handle the struggle of comparison, jealously, and discontentment in our lives. This is a topic I’ve struggled with personally, and I wanted to share not only what I’ve faced, but what I’ve been learning in this area, to add value to help you, and for you to know you are not alone.
My hope is that when you are drawn to compare, or feel tinges of jealousy, that you would know that the goal is never to achieve perfection, but to make an effort to heighten our awareness of the struggle, to name it, and to make imperfect progress one day at a time.
In this episode we’ll discuss:
- The problem of comparison and jealousy
- The way those lead to discontentment
- Two ways I attempted to mitigate my tendency to compare and feel jealous
- How that only grew the problem
- Tips for self-introspection and evaluation
- What the Bible has to say
- The surprising discovery of the root problem of comparison
- Tips to help us all learn to compare less and surrender jealousy
- And how to shift our focus to feel like we are “enough”
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A healed heart is life to the flesh, and rottenness to the bones is envy. Proverbs 14:30 (Young’s Literal Translation)
- The path of comparison and jealousy is born from a “not-enough” place.
- When I’m comparing, jealous, envious, or discontent, my issue is not the situation, my issue is my trust in God.
- Comparison and jealousy are a distrust in God’s choice–a distrust in His plan for me–a distrust in His control of all things.
- God is working in me–giving me what He desires FOR me–for my ultimate good and His ultimate glory.
- We must learn to not live FOR acceptance, but because we’re already accepted.
- We must not long for control, but trust THE ONE who is already in control, and is giving us exactly what is best for us.
- Snapchat Tutorial Video, by Cliff Ravenscraft
Last week I was honored to be a guest on the Undone Redone podcast with my friends, Tray and Melody Lovvorn, in a two-part episode sharing my own mud story in detail. The first half is in episode 77, and the second half is in episode 78, and it is there, where I share some never-before-told information about forgiveness from my own personal experience. I’d love to have you join us over there!
- Tray & Melody Lovvorn on Mud Stories Part 1, Episode 63, Porn, Addiction, Betrayal & the Destructive Paradigm of Performing and Pretending
- Tray & Melody Lovvorn on Mud Stories Part 2, Episode 64, Divorce, Grace, Remarriage & Redemption
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