A Higher Standard

“For, am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Gal 1:10

My 20th wedding anniversary will be here in about a month and I have a confession to make……sad, but true. My husband is better at most household chores than I am. Scratch that! He is better at ALL chores than I am. I am NOT the proverbial Proverbs 31 woman.

Hubby tends to be very meticulous and precise when it comes to making the bed. He is detailed and thorough when doing the dishes (pssst…..he even scrubs the sink when he is finished.) And my soul mate maintains a high standard of military style creases in his t-shirts when folding the laundry. Yeah for me!

But, because of that I tend to hold others (myself included) to a higher standard of comparison. I get a little frustrated when I make the bed and it just isn’t as “crisp” looking as it should be. I get a little annoyed with the boys when they fold their laundry into a waded up, wrinkled up ball of cloth. And honestly, sometimes I get a little peeved – at my husband – because my mom taxi just isn’t as ship-shape as his neat and tidy car.

How ridiculous is that???

Do you ever allow yourself to play those head games? Comparing yourself….your situation…..your life to someone else’s? Maybe you think you’ll never be “good enough”. Maybe you think your efforts just don’t matter. But let me tell you – those are lies that the devil puts in your head.

Because here is the truth; God does not hold you to any other standard than His. He knows you. He made you. And He loves you. He loves you just the way you are today and He will help you be an even better person tomorrow. God does not compare you to your spouse, or your next door neighbor or your co-worker. It is such a blessing to be loved for exactly who you are.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

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