Hey, I’m Shannon.

And I’ve been a Comparison Girl for as long as I can remember. Literally, my first memory at age four, is of feeling humiliated because someone found out that I could not read. Oh, the humiliation!

It seems silly now. Why was I so worried about being exposed as an illiterate preschooler? Yet some of my current struggles are just as absurd. Why do I worry about being exposed as a less-than-perfect mom? Or a middle-aged woman who struggles with her weight? Or a Christian who still sins?

The constant effort to prove that I measure up (or try to hide when I don’t), does not lead to a life of freedom and joy. Here’s what does: learning to live me-free. I hope you’ll stick around and join me in learning these lessons from Jesus on me-free living in a measure-up world! 

Is this the first time we’ve met? Welcome! If you have more questions about me, come visit my “about me” page! 

Do you compare yourself?


On social media, in the neighborhood, at church, or the school drop-off lane, do you drive yourself to prove that you measure up? Do you feel ashamed when you don’t? Measuring yourself against others isn’t healthy. And it isn’t God’s plan. In fact, the way of Jesus is completely upside down from this measure-up world. He invites us to follow him and be restored to freedom, confidence, and joy.

Join me, as I share what I’ve discovered about my own measure-up fears and get-ahead pride. In this six-week study, we’ll explore the conversations Jesus had and the stories he shared with people who—like us—were comparing themselves.

Let’s leave measure-up comparison behind and connect with those around us by choosing Jesus’s me-free way of living: lifting others up and pouring ourselves out!

Shannon Popkin helps us take a fresh and challenging look at the everyday mindsets we wrestle with. Showing us God’s higher ways straight from the life of Jesus, she calls us from our me-focused thinking to His kingdom-focused purposes. After this study and with the power of the Holy Spirit, I won’t allow those thoughts to stay around any longer. 

Lynn Cowell

Proverbs 31 Speaker, Author of Make Your Move

If you struggle with measuring up. If you’re worried about what people think. If you dread someone seeing you in a less than ideal situation, then you’re human. We all struggle with comparing ourselves to others in some way. That means we all need Shannon’s honest and wise words on the pages of this book. I know I did and I’m betting you do, too!

Jill Savage

Author of No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, and No More Perfect Marriages

Shannon Popkin has done it again! She has masterfully written another must read to speak to the struggles of our soul. Inviting us to look up and listen to the tender truths of God and learning to silence the lies of the enemy against us, Shannon shows us how to finally live freely in a cultural of continual comparison. For every woman who has an area of her life where she wonders if she is truly enough- here is your answer.

Erica Wiggenhorn

Author of Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering the God You Thought You Knew by Moody Publishers

“Comparison. We all fight it. But for many of us, it feels like we are losing the battle. Why? Because what we need, to combat comparison, is not simply the knowledge that it hurts us, but the tools to resist it, and that is exactly what Shannon Popkin has given us. With fresh insight, biblical grounding, and light-hearted humor, Comparison Girl offers practical steps for curbing this temptation. If comparison is your struggle, this book is your guide!”

Sharon Hodde Miller

Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher

Leader’s Kit

Now Available!

  • 6 Teaching Sessions, which correlate with the chapters of the book
  • DVD + digital downloads
  • One Comparison Girl book
  • One Journaling Workbook
  • Leader Discussion Guide

Each session is about 18 – 25 minutes long. Dive deeper into what Jesus teaches about the difference between comparison in the world and comparison in the Kingdom.

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Journaling Workbook

The companion Comparison Girl Workbook offers:

  • A place to record your responses to the Bible study and application questions at the end of each lesson.
  • Thought-provoking stories and journal prompts, which correlate to each chapter’s theme.
  • Space for taking video session notes, plus the printed verses and additional observation study and discussion questions.
  • Extra prayers, quotes, and verses to encourage you on your journey.
  • Available either as part of the Leader’s Kit, or as a separate purchase.

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FamilyLife Today

with Bob Lapine and Dave & Ann Wilson

Do you remember the first time you felt like you didn’t measure up? I do. It was sixth grade camp, and I told the story here on the FamilyLife broadcast.

It’s not always comfortable to tell the world how I’ve struggled (and still do!) with feeling inadequate. My hope, in sharing about my own Comparison Girl journey, is to invite others to Jesus’s me-free living in a measure-up world.

Here’s the two-part broadcast:


with Erin Davis & Dannah Gresh

Revive Our Hearts’s daily response to Covid-19 crisis is to remind us to be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. I’m delighted to join Dannah Gresh and Erin Davis to talk about the role of comparison in our current crisis, and how to respond like Jesus.

Moms in Prayer

with Lee Nienhuis

Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed, as you get “back-to-school” updates from your school, church, and local governments? Join Lee Nienhuis and I as we talk about our illusion of control, the destruction that comes with comparison, and how to respond today with the uncertainties of tomorrow.

No More Perfect Podcast

with Jill Savage

Jill has been talking about this topic of comparison and perfectionism and how they divide us way longer than I have. She had some great things to add to our conversation as we discussed comparing in two directions–one where we come out better than someone else and one where we come out worse than someone else. When we compare “up,” we experience jealousy. When we compare “down,” we experience disgust. 

Listen in and be reminded that when Jesus interacted with people comparing themselves, he never said, “Just stop comparing!” Instead He turns it upside down and invites us to the freedom and joy of me-free living.


Coming Alive with Jenn Hand

with Jenn Hand

Laugh with Jenn and I as we tell about our first impressions of each other (yes, we were both comparing), and compare our patterns of collecting coffee mugs – which are completely opposite. Plus we’ll talk plenty about Jesus and his unique way of comparing. 


Compared to Who?

with Heather Creekmore

It’s really an author’s dread. You’re scrolling Amazon, and see a book on YOUR book’s same topic. But what about if your book’s topic is comparison?!
It will take some humility, but it COULD mean that you’re meant to be friends.
I so appreciate my new friend and fellow “Comparison Girl” Heather Creekmore. She’s the real deal, y’all. I love her heart for the LORD and her willingness to invite the “other author” onto her show that’s all about comparison: @comparedtowho
I hope you’ll love our conversation, and become a regular listener of “Compared to Who?”
GEMS Girls Clubs

with Cindy Bultema

It was a joy to connect with my friend Cindy Bultema at GEMS (Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior), and talk about Comparison at Christmas.
You know, I so relate with the disciples who were always trying to elbow past each other, asking, “Who’s the greatest? How do I measure up?” But Jesus taught them to ask a better question.
The Love Offering

with Rachael Adams

I so enjoyed my conversation with Rachael, and I hope you will, too! Here are some quotes from our conversation:

  • “This desire to be in control and compare the things I can’t control overlapped more than I realized.” 
  • “My heart seems to be bent toward pride and perfection and measuring up in the eyes of other people and it doesn’t lead to freedom and joy.” 
  • “We’ve got to handle the problem with comparison before we even go over to the window.”
  • “He’s inviting us to adopt a me-free mindset. I’m not here to prove I’m better than you. I’m here to serve you.”
  • “When you’re feeling inadequate you want to retreat and pull away. The enemy attacks us in isolation. We need to get out of the corner.”

with Randy Robison

It was a joy to join Randy on LIFE Today to talk about Comparison. I especially appreciated the opportunity to talk about our current political and social climate, and how Christians are not to “compare down” in self-righteous disgust or condescension toward those who disagree OR those who sin differently than we do.

Redefining Balance Podcast

With Jenny Stemmerman

On this podcast for Christian working moms, Jenny and I talked about comparison and the impact it has on the way we see ourselves and others. We also talked about the “race to the bottom” and the difference it makes when – instead of trying to prove that we’re the “hottest mess”, we choose to be humbly vulnerable with each other.

Martha & Mary Show

Listen in to our conversation for both Martha-types and Mary-types as I talk about comparison with my dear friends, Katie Reid and Lee Nienhuis.

Art of Friendship

With Kim Wier

There is something in us that wants to prove that we have more or are more. We want to measure up. So what does this do to our relationships? Is there any way to stop being jealous of a friend? How should I respond to demands of this measure-up culture?

Here’s my conversation with Kim Wier, where we talk about these questions and more.

Your Spiritual Game Plan

with Cheri Fletcher

Cheri invites us as women, to live out our true callings—which stay consistent, throughout all the seasons of life. Comparison and the desire to measure up distracts us from God’s purpose for our lives. But what if we approached comparison with me-free humility? Rather than having our eyes on ourselves, what if we entered a room of people, saying, “I’m not here to prove that I have more or am more. I’m just here to share what’s in my measuring cup. What God has given me.” That’s when we are most fee to be ourselves.


The Notice

with Susan Hoekstra

It was a joy to get to know Susan on my launch team and talk with her about leaning in and say, “Yeah, me too…” and share our both our feelings of inadequacies and also the secret enjoyment we have in outdoing others. 


The Debbie Chavez Show

with Debbie Chavez

You can’t have a conversation with Debbie and not receive a little joy that spills over from her life. Listen in as Debbie and I talk about:

 how comparison is like a drug
• escaping comparison by listening to Jesus
• looking-down-your-nose comparison
• drowning-in-shame comparison
• comparing our physical appearances
• how serving changes the way we see others and ourselves

Christian Publishing Show

Overcoming Fear and Comparison 

If you’re a writer, speaker, or ministry leader, you’ve probably had to grapple with both fear and comparison as you’ve stepped out to use your gifts for God. 

Listen in as my co-author Kate Motaung and I have a conversation with Thomas Umstattd Jr. Brought to you by the Steve Laube Agency.

Comparison Girl Launch Party

Special thanks to these 5 Endorsers, who each made an appearance at my online launch party to chat about comparison and you can find them at these places in the video.

Erica Wiggenhorn: 34:12

Alicia Bruxvoort: 48:39

Barb Roose: 1:02:09

Katie Reid: 1:17:15

Lee Nienhuis: 1:30:23

Comparison Girl Chapters & Quotes:

Author and dear friend, Shannon Popkin, expertly and biblically walks us through several markers and mistakes of living according to comparison in this measure up world and gently points us to a better way. Written with humor and brutal honesty, Shannon sheds the pretense and fights for her readers’ hearts with biblical wisdom, humility and truth. Comparison Girl is a must-read for this generation of girls and the next.

Lee Nienhuis

Moms in Prayer Podcast host, Speaker, and Author of Countercultural Parenting

With a humble pen and a bold honesty, Shannon invites us to look closely at our subtle “comparison game” and recognize the truth behind it— Comparison is not just a harmless habit; it’s an all-out attack on the life we’ve been created to live. Using the very words of Jesus, Shannon shows us how to trade the exhaustion of measure-up comparison for the exhilaration of me-free living. Get ready to wage war and take back the abundant life you were created to enjoy!

Alicia Bruxvoort

Speaker and Writer with Proverbs 31 Ministries

Comparison is a sneaky issue that can work its way into almost any situation. But is all comparison bad? Through her in-depth study of the Scriptures, Shannon Popkin reveals two sides to this prevalent issue: negative, sinful comparison and positive, biblical comparison. This book both convicted me of the sinful tendencies hidden in my own heart and encouraged me to view myself and others through the eyes of Christ.
Kate Motaung

Author of A Place to Land: A Story of Longing and Belonging

In a sideways-glancing, elbow-jamming, status-grasping culture, Comparison Girl supplies an upside-down approach to an age-old problem. Shannon Popkin exposes the crippling effects that comparison has on our forward-motion in the Kingdom, yet also demonstrates how healthy comparison can inspire us to rise and walk free. Discover how to exchange feelings of superiority for a lifestyle of service and feelings of inferiority for a lifetime of belonging.
Katie M. Reid

Author of Made Like Martha, speaker, co-host of The Martha + Mary Show podcast

Comparison Girl is a needed resource for today’s women. I love how Shannon takes us through comparison in Scripture, acknowledging how normal it is for us to compare, but also providing biblical principles for how to manage it and take our eyes off of others and direct them to Jesus Christ.
Brenda Yoder

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Author, Speaker

I just learned that this dear, sweet lady went to be with Jesus, back when Covid first hit CO.

Jeanne and I didn’t know each other very long or very well, but she was one of those people who just went deep immediately. I spoke at her church’s women’s retreat (Parker, CO in spring ‘19. I’ll share a little slide show, courtesy of my iPhone in my story) and her assignment was to give me a ride to and from one of the gatherings.

I think we spent two hours in the car talking afterward. She just dove in and started mentoring me, right then and there, in the car! And I loved her for it.

I got the sense that Jeanne knew time was limited; no time for small talk. She wanted to talk about Jesus, our service to him, and how to be strategic for the sake of the gospel.

When I got home after the retreat, she called me, asking how I was doing with the battle after the battle. She was a speaker herself, so she knew all about it.

Jeanne has gone to be with Jesus, and I know that she wouldn’t trade a moment with Him for a decade more with us. Though I didn’t get much time with her, I’m so grateful for the way she lived the moments she did.

I want to be like Jeanne. Purposeful, open hearted, and willing to invest in whomever the Lord puts in the seat next to me.

Well done, good and faithful Jeanne. May I serve Jesus to the end, just like you.

#mentorminutes #faithfulservant #sheswithJesus #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy

It changed my life to discover that my out-of-control anger was rooted in a deeply rooted desire for control. ⠀

Control is something I never saw as my issue. I knew I was erupting in anger, but I just saw myself as invested. I was the one trying to make it all turn out **right**. ⠀

Then God used a Control Girl of the Bible (who was trying to take control just like me) to open my eyes to the truth: Control was turning me into someone I don't want to become. And God already is in control! Which means I don't have to be. ⠀

Follow me @shannonpopkin and sign up for my #livelikeitstrue emails. Also check out controlgirl.com (link in bio) for lots of freebies, podcast interviews, and to see if this women's study might be a good fit for you, your church, or small group.⠀

#ControlGirl #Surrender #WaveTheWhiteFlag #ControllingMom #ControllingWife #LayDownYourBurdens #NotMyWill #FreedomInSurrender #Marriage #MarriageGoals #MarriageCounseling #TrustinMarriage #ReleasingControl #WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup

My son inhaled quickly then expressed immediate disappointment, as we pulled into the driveway. “I thought I saw my Amazon box on the front porch..." 

“Was it that table, you saw?" I asked, knowingly.⁠⠀
A couple of weeks ago, I spray painted the little table on our porch a tan color. Turns out it's the same color tan as an Amazon box.⁠⠀
Just like my son, I had been experiencing the same little burst of excitement when a patch of familiar tan caught my eye on the porch, as I pulled into the driveway. Then the same subsequent disappointment when I realized it was just that table.⁠⠀
What IS that flutter in my heart, at seeing a tan box? It's different than the flutter you get when you finally see the thing you're hoping to find--like spotting a drinking fountain when you're thirsty or spotting the loved one you've been looking for in a crowd.⁠⠀
No, this flutter is different, because I couldn't even tell you what I've ordered or what I'm hoping will BE in the Amazon box. I'm just excited to see the box because I know there will be something new inside. Something I've chosen. Something I can consume.⁠⠀
I think it must be the flutter of greed. ⁠⠀
What's the appropriate response, when we continue to want more and more? What did Jesus have to say about this?

More on this Check the link in my new post: "What The Amazon Box-Colored Table Revealed in My Heart." Link in bio.

check out comparisongirl.com for more teaching on this topic!

#MeFree #Humility #HumilityQuotes #UpsideDownKingdom #wwjd #whatwouldJesusDo #WhatWouldJesusSay #wisdomoftheCross #philippians2 #LastShallBeFirst #GreatestistheServant #HumbleYourself #ServingOthers #SpoutNotLines  #EmptyYourself #ServeSomebody #EyesOffYou #ComparisonGirl #MeasureUp #MeasuringUp #MeFree #ComparingYourself  #Comparison #ComparisonQuotes #JealousyQuotes #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #generousliving @generous.giving

This question changed everything for me as a Christian author: What would you do from your platform if you were there to serve.

That heart to serve is what steadies me against the tidal wave of fear, doubt, insecurity, and complacency.

Now, some people won't ever understand. I had an older person tell a mutual friend that I was full of myself, because every time she opened facebook, there I was again, sharing about my new Bible study. I had another author tell me I was wrong to write "Influence". She didn't think "platform building" shouldn't even be in the vocabulary of a Christian ministry worker.

Right, wrong, or somewhere in between, my heart is to serve others who need the truth of God's Word.

That's not to say that I don't slip back into me-focused measuring. The world's thinking is like an undertow that I must always guard against. But He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world.

Are you conflicted over "platform building" as a Christian? Do you have a burning desire to teach or share truth, and also a pit in your stomach when you worry who might think you're full of yourself if you stepped out to try?

Oh how we understand. That's why @katemotaung and I wrote, "Influence: Building a Platform That Elevates Jesus (Not Me)".

Lind in bio.

blog post:

#christianauthor #christianwriter #christianspeaker #influence #knowyourwhy #letyourlightshine #cityonahill #forhisownglory #liftjesushigh #influencer #heretoserve #platform #buildyourplatform #lifeguardmetaphor #platformbuilding #buildlikejesus #followmeasifollowhim #followJesus #collab #shewritesforhim #swfh #speakuprocks #hopewriterlife #hopewriters #hopewriters #shespeaks #shespeakstruth #shespeakslife #shespeaksonline #shespeaksministries

Have you answered a call to the impossible? I’m loving this eight week study of Esther, called “summoned: answering a call to the impossible” by my friend @megbrownwrites with @moodypublishers !⠀

When I met Megan in a 1:1 appointment at the @speakupconference I knew immediately, that she was called to proclaim truth.⠀

As was talked about various ideas and ways to serve, and I remember saying, “ Megan, I think you should do exactly what you’re doing. Teach military spouses God‘s word! That’s your platform.”⠀

3 (?) years later, Megan is expanding her reach and sowing seeds that will bear fruit, only calculable in heaven. She is on staff with @crumilitary and serving with @moodypublishers to bring truth to those who will bring it across borders—and to those of us who need it at home.⠀

I love Megan’s passion and drive, her dedication to God’s word, and her willingness to speak with bold, passionate faith—as she did in this morning’s session at @speakupconference !⠀

If you are a Bible study participant or leader, please check out Megan‘s new book #summoned (foreword by my friend @vivmabuni !). You’ll love being led by Megan to the feast of God’s Word. ⠀

#WomenoftheBible #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup

What would you be doing, if you weren't comparing yourself? ⠀

These free bonuses are designed to help you discover just that. ⠀

*Comparison Girl Prayers⠀
*Recentering Questions⠀
*Illustrative Drawing of Philippians 2 by Pearl Allard of @lookupsometimes⠀

Follow me @shannonpopkin and sign up for my #livelikeitstrue emails. Also check out comparisongirl.com for lots of freebies, podcast interviews, and to see if this women's study might be a good fit for you, your church, or small group. ⠀

Have we met? If not, hi! I'm Shannon. I'm a west MI author & speaker. My husband Ken and I just celebrated #25years and we have 3 young adult kids, and two shih tzus who  (unlike the kids) have no plans of moving out. ⠀

I've written two studies: Control Girl and Comparison Girl (both published with Kregel) and I talk a lot about what God has to say about our struggles with control and comparison, and comparison. ⠀

From the platform, the page, and in person (here on IG), it's my joy to invite you to live like God's Word is true! ⠀

#ComparisonGirl #MeasureUp #MeasuringUp #MeFree #ComparingYourself  #Comparison #ComparisonQuotes #JealousyQuotes #JealousyHurts #Perfectionism #EyesOnYou #AmIEnough #NotEnough #PressureToPerform #SheHasMore #SheIsMore #ComparisonistheThiefofJoy #ChristianBook #BibleStudy #WomensMinistry #WomensBibleStudy #SmallGroup

I laughed when Tim Mohns told about how, right after college, he laid down everything he *didn’t* have on the table and said, “Here, God. It’s yours.”

I remember doing the same thing. It’s a bit more challenging when there’s more to actually lay down.

So grateful for another Journey of Generosity (JOG) with this fabulous group from @adabible . Thanks for hosting Wade and Hillary (especially on your bday Wade!)

We so enjoyed taking a full day, to talk about how our money both reveals our greed and offers us opportunities to lift God high through generosity.

@generousgiving @mohnster @hillwhite

#generosity #generousgiving #jogretreat @nationalchristianfoundation #stewardship #moneymatters #givingministry #youcanttakeitwithyou #youcansenditahead #hestheowner #entrustedstewards

My son @cadepopkin has a new song out, called "The Apostle's Journey". I might be biased, but I LOVE this song!

To get his updates, subscribe at his site (link in bio) or follow him at @cadepopkinmusic

#proudofmyboy #highschoolcomposer #glorifygod #useyourgifts
the apostle's journey by cade popkin.mp4
#originalcomposition #originalmusic #originalmusician #logicpro #teenmusician #teencomposer #highschoolcomposer #moviesoundtrack #originalsoundtrack #seventeen


Our Father, may your will be done today, here on earth—in the United States, in Michigan, in
Grandville, in my home, and in my heart—just like it is in heaven. (Mat.6:9-10)

I confess that the earth is filled with people who fight with white-knuckled determination for their own will—and I am one of them.

But I believe that you are FOR me, and FOR us, and in the place you rule, there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.
‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭16:11‬)

Please come and reign here today. I surrender to you.


That's a week's worth of work in the trash, right there, friends. Sigh.

Why? Because the feedback I got from two dear, sweet friends made me go, “Oh wow! 😳 That's what you heard? 😬 That’s not good… 😩🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️…”

But don't worry. I agreed with them 💯. Now I’m saying, “😂😂😂 What was I thinking??”

So I’m letting go of draft one (or actually like draft 62) and getting back to work ✍🏼✍🏼✍🏼because you’re worth it, dear reader. And the message is worth it. It's SO worth it.

I love offering pages that are clear, receivable, and hope-infusing. So, today I trash my stack of papers. Tomorrow I offer you (and the Lord, really) better ones.

#WritingLife #RaidersOfInstagram #Feedback #LoveYourNeighbor #TellHerTheTruth #EspeciallyIfShe’sAnAuthor

"I want to have some peace and quiet every day like Dad does in his office. He’s such a good dad. I want to be like him. He’s a Christian. He’s everything. He controls this place. I want to be the same."⁠

Come listen in as my seven-year-old dreams about becoming a man. His thoughts inspire me to be the kind of woman who encourages manhood. Not a belittling, controlling, sighing, eye-rolling woman - but the kind who invites the men around me to be respectable.⁠

#fathersday #manhood #fatherhood #respectandhonor #7yearoldconversations #hesagooddad ⁠

Wow - It’s pretty crazy when they put you next to 3 of your heroes! Obviously God is going to do some amazing things at the GEMS Conference this year, online July 23-24. Can you join us? ⁠

Check out this AMAZING deal:⁠

Use code GEMSFriend to get $50 off the Non-Member Price ($149 USD)⁠

I'll be sharing on "Comparing Skin-Deep Packaging" at the conference. You won't want to miss it!⁠

Link in my bio! ⁠

#Christianwomen #Christianconference @gemsgirlsclubs #loved. #celebratethesisterhood #ComparisonGirl ⁠

Do you have a ministry friend across the miles you hope you’ll get to meet someday? I have many, including Amy (far left).

She just sent me this photo after their first summer book club meeting, there at Chantilly Bible Church in Virginia! @amycantilina

Amy and I first “met” when we were both on the writing team for @erindavis ‘s “Beyond Bathtime” blog.

Back then I never dreamed a photo like this was possible. Guessing you feel that way, too, Any?

What a joy to partner in ministry and I’m hoping at some point I’ll get to meet @amycantilina and her group in person!! (We’ve been trying to find a date.)




What if she DOES have more? Some people DO have more capacity or intellect or talent! God gave it to them. The question is, Can we be okay with that? ⁠

That's one of the things I talked about with in my interview with Dr. Carol. She's an OB-Gyn physician, Doctor of Ministry, author, and speaker, helping people discover and live the Fully Alive life Jesus came to give us.⁠

I think you'll love her podcast. Will you let me know if you check it out?⁠

#comparisongirl @drcarolt #drcarol #podcastinterview #christianpodcast @credocommunications #christianauthor #christianspeaker #christiandoctor #christianwomen #ComparisonGirl⁠


When I'm out on the trail with someone, I honestly don't mind saying, "Hey, can you slow up for your short friend?" It doesn't bother me that I'm shorter.

It DOES bother me when I don't measure up in other ways—as a mom, a friend, a ministry partner, or a Christian. I hate being exposed as the one who doesn't measure up. ⁠

So often, what I do is propel myself forward with perfectionistic drive and push myself beyond reasonable limits. Now it's fine to have friends who motivate and encourage me, but if I'm being driven by a measure-up mindset, it's important to recognize I'm not being influenced by God. ⁠

God has "good works prepared in advance for [me] to do" (Eph. 2:10). I picture an assignment list in God's handwriting with my name beside certain items. And it's possible that those items are smaller or slower or less significant than what I was picturing. ⁠

When I insist on pushing past and pursuing more, what am I saying to God? What am I saying about how he made me? ⁠

In my latest post (link in bio), I'm offering "3 Crippling Effects of Comparison" which will keep you from the God-given assignments that will bring you the most fulfillment and joy. ⁠

#comparisoncripples #measureupmindset #getaheadpride #humilityisbetter #owningmydifferent #Godmadeyouspecial #beyounother #loveyourownpackaging #Godonlymadeoneyou #heisforyou #runningstride #keepyourownpace #pushingyourself #riskofburnout #riskofwashingout #riskofmissingout

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