My 6-year-old went to her first ever paint class today, for a birthday party. When we got home, I proudly hung her adorable Moana painting on our wall. Though it's not perfect, the Mr. and I absolutely adore everything about it. Babba, on the other hand, does not. Instead of being proud of her adorable work of art, she compared it to the other girls' paintings saying, "Mine is not as good as everyone else's, I messed up." She tends to be hard on herself pretty often but this time, in particular, I felt so sad that she felt that way! I see so much talent and beauty when I look at that painting, just like when I look at her! How could she not see it?! In my desperation to lift her up in that very moment, I explained to her that she should never ever compare herself to anyone else because in doing that, she misses seeing her own accomplishments that she worked so hard on. I tried my best to encourage her and help her to remember that this was her very first real canvas painting and she did a great job. With discouragement still in her voice, she said, "okay" in agreement. I can only hope that she really heard and believed what I said. I know that God will work those insecurities out in her. But, man! This has really opened my eyes to being more aware of the fact that my beautiful, super smart, and loving daughter who, let me remind you is only six, has already begun to struggle with comparing and insecurities. The worst part about it is... she probably learned it from me. Can you relate? Comparing can hurt us in so many ways as it causes us to forget our worth as a person, a parent, a spouse, etc. When we compare we lose sight of the value of our works and accomplishments, which should never be overlooked or underestimated. God designed each one of us with our own uniqueness and his perfect timing in mind in regards to how and when we make progress. It is not up to us to worry about how we match up to anyone else. Our focus should be on our own works as ultimately, it is God working in us and through us. Our identity is not measured by how we compare to other people. Our identity is in Christ and with that, we are made in his perfect image and should never be insecure about that. So when you find yourself comparing, remember that God says in Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork (his accomplishment), created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. So be encouraged and don't compare because your works are for the Lord and what he see's is all that matters. Stay blessed and unhindered!