Ugly

You know what is just plain ugly?

Comparing ourselves to others.

Oh man is it easy though!  ”Why can’t I be like that…do what she does…have that?”  Ugly I tell you, ugly.

Why ugly? Because comparing ourselves to others robs us of the beauty of enjoying just how God weaved us together, which in return, robs God of His glory.

He made you.

He made me.

Unique. Different. Similar.

Wild.

Crazy.

Quite.

Witty.

Shy.

He knit YOU together for His glory and His purposes.

So if you struggle with comparing yourself to others, remind yourself of this…

You hem me in, behind and before…

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
and lay your hand upon me.

Psalm 139:5:13-16

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Made in His Image art print found here.

21 Coffee Talks on “Ugly”

  1. oh, how i need to remember this….and LOVE that art piece.
    Melissa | Madabella:´s last [type] ..My Praying- Traveling Heart
    Melissa | Madabella:´s last [type] ..My Praying- Traveling Heart

  2. Erin says:

    I really needed that reminder, thank you. I was JUST comparing myself to the other cutesy soccer moms at my daughter's game this evening. And yet, this is the very message I just preached in my article for Exemplify Teen. Why must this be such a continual battle for some of us? How our Lord must feel frustrated with us when we doubt our worth and question His design; the artist who never, ever makes mistakes.
    Erin´s last [type] ..Caffeinated Randomness- Stuff That Bugs Me and Yes- Why Yes- I Am Neurotic
    Erin´s last [type] ..Caffeinated Randomness- Stuff That Bugs Me and Yes- Why Yes- I Am Neurotic

  3. Barbie says:

    Thank you for this reminder. Yes, I still struggle with knowing I was created beautifully in His image. I love the art in your post!
    Barbie´s last [type] ..Embracing The Winds of Change
    Barbie´s last [type] ..Embracing The Winds of Change

  4. Carrie says:

    Yes, it's ugly. Yes, I'm guilty.

    Thanks for reminding me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

  5. Eden says:

    Oh, this is just what I needed for today. As a teenage girl, it's so easy to get caught up with what everyone else has and does. But it's important to remember that I'm made in HIS image! Hallelujah!

    I just found your blog from Raising Homemakers. I love your posts there so I think I'll like your blog too. ;-)
    Eden´s last [type] ..Summer With A Purpose- Week Nine
    Eden´s last [type] ..Summer With A Purpose- Week Nine

  6. Traci says:

    Loved this. Yes, something we all struggle with, esp. as women! Thanks Sarah Mae.

    Love, Traci http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

  7. Marieanne says:

    amen….
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    Marieanne´s last [type] ..Potpourri

  8. Anna says:

    It's so true. Thanks for this, Sarah Mae.

  9. melissa says:

    Oh my! Your last couple posts have just hit hard with me. Homeschooling, envy, and much more. My kids are 4,3 and 23 months. My oldest will be starting pre-K this year but after that the plan is homeschool for all, since private school for 3 kids consecutively would be outrageous! We are in escrow, tension and stress levels are high and the past few weeks I've just been on my knees about so many areas of my family's life. Friends, estended family, my kids spiritual future, our household, everything…my heart just desires peace about our decisions. I just want to feel content and to not forget to give it to The Lord and actually ask for help!!!!You have seem to touch on so many of my concerns recently and I again thank you for your honesty and boldness to do so. It's a breathe of fresh air! Good luck to you in all you are doing! -Melissa
    melissa´s last [type] ..So many babies!
    melissa´s last [type] ..So many babies!

  10. Southern Gal says:

    Why do women struggle so with this? Thank you for the scripture to bring me back to His reality.
    Southern Gal´s last [type] ..Girl Time
    Southern Gal´s last [type] ..Girl Time

  11. Thank you this was so beautiful. It is a good thing to be constantly reminded of.

    Blessings In Him<

    -Mary @Raising 4 Godly men
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    Mary @Raising 4 Godl´s last [type] ..Weekly Wrap Up August 14th

  12. Hi Sarah~

    You have definitely touched on a relevant topic! When I was younger I did a lot of comparing..but I have found that the older I get, the more I am comfortable with who I am and Whose I am…and I don't compare nearly as much!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Have a beautiful weekend~

    ;-D Kathleen

  13. Wonderful reminder. It gets easier as I get older to stop doing it, but then a moment of insecurity hits and I'm back at square one.
    Angela Giles Klocke´s last [type] ..Walk on
    Angela Giles Klocke´s last [type] ..Walk on

  14. Heathahlee says:

    The common word I see in so many of these comments is "reminder" or "reminded" of what the Scriptures say is true about us. Why do we live so far beneath our privilege by comparing ourselves to others? I'm just as guilty! Thanks for the REMINDER! : )
    Heathahlee´s last [type] ..Bird Nerd- part ad nauseum
    Heathahlee´s last [type] ..Bird Nerd- part ad nauseum

  15. Joyce D. says:

    I was just thinking the same thing you just wrote and you are so right, it's ugly. Instead of being happy and supportive for ______, our envious nature kicks in… Psalm 139 is a perfect reminder, we are who we are in Him.

  16. Sisterlisa says:

    Comparing ourselves up against another means our eyes have turned away from Jesus. When we look to Jesus, we won't notice what we don't have up against what others do have.
    Sisterlisa´s last [type] ..Blog Refresher Day 5 Buttons
    Sisterlisa´s last [type] ..Blog Refresher Day 5 Buttons

  17. This is what I needed to hear tonight. Thank you for your honest and thoughtful words and sharing your heart for the Lord.

    Nell

    PS

    I adore the art!

  18. Sharon says:

    This is so awesome. I know often I struggle with knowing who God made me to be… then I am gently reminded… when I was formed in secret my mother had the german measles which is very serious for an expectent mom to have… I could have been severely damaged by the disease. I was born weighing 4 pounds and was very healthy. God protected me from harm even before I saw the light of day. I am forever grateful.

  19. Angelina says:

    That is something so very important to Remember and not act on..especially when you have little eyes watching you…Those little eyes are very smart and pick up on everything that we not only say but do…So Lord help us to not heap upon our daughters anymore than they already have and will have to overcome in their own lives..
    Angelina´s last [type] ..A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Giveaway!!
    Angelina´s last [type] ..A Wise Woman Builds Her Home Giveaway!!

  20. Kristy says:

    Thank you Sarah, I really needed to be reminded of that today *hugs*
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    Kristy´s last [type] ..10 Years of Marriage- Does God promise Wedded Bliss

  21. Sarah you have a wonderful blog and I have enjoyed my visit today.

    This scripture is such a blessing and one I always try to reminding myself of when I am not feeling particularly good about myself, Thank you for reminding me.

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