The Grass Really Isn’t Greener

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.”

– Galatians 6:4

I recently heard a commentator say, “Back in my day, you would open the newspaper and read about the terrible things that were happening around the world or the horrible thing that happened to someone, and you’d say, ‘Man, I’m glad I’m not that guy.’ But today, it’s the opposite. You open Facebook and Instagram and all you see are people posting their best life. Few people show themselves weeping or unable to pay a bill or sitting on the couch feeling lonely.” 

As I took a moment to think about his words, I realized I couldn’t agree more with his assessment. The world has become increasingly prideful and vain, and people are more than willing to show off their best life. Unfortunately, social media is a very convenient way to do this. By creating a “perfect” reality, there’s a temptation to fool others into believing that we’re somehow better off than the guy next store. Sadly, we ingest these false projections and quickly fall into the trap of comparing ourself to others. 

Friend, allow me to quote Mark Twain in saying that “Comparison is the death of joy,” and remind you that as a human being, you will always compare up, never down. However, if you want to embrace the season you’re in, you must surrender the temptation to equate your circumstances with those of people you know nothing about! Sometimes God calls you to be in the valley or in the fire, and that’s okay. Everyone endures seasons of suffering, and the key to navigating yours well is to not covet the circumstances of another. Stay in your lane, embrace your reality, and allow Jesus to give you the grace to get through each day. 


Jesus, I pray for contentment to stay in my lane, whether in a season of joy or suffering.


How does social media cause you to compare yourself to others?

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3 Responses

  1. So true! People on social media seem to live in picture book houses; baking bread from wheat berries they’ve cultivated- every day!; their four year olds are wizards of truths on Instagram; and their welcome mat has no muddy footprints on it! Me-I live back and forth between a valley and glimpses of a mountaintop..But I live in daily gratitude for what I have. I’m glad some posting are deliriously perfect. Not me; never have been.Praise God He loves me just as I am!

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