"Don't Compare Your Hustle To Their Highlight Reel"2
by Sarah Waldrop
I heard this quote recently and it has really resonated with me: “Don’t compare your hustle to their highlight reel."
We hate to admit it, but social media and the internet are a huge part of our lives. Some of us probably spend a little more time than we would like to admit scrolling through and liking photos and posts from people we don’t even know (I’m GUILTY!). Deep down, I think we all know that the “highlights” we see are not always the first picture taken or first words that popped into their head.
We spend time wanting more, coveting, convincing ourselves we NEED more. We compare and we measure ourselves with unrealistic measurements and tell ourselves that our hustle is not enough and if we just had THIS or if we just spent our time doing more of THAT we would be happy and have something worthy of highlighting.
But why? What are we trying to live up to?
In our Pathfinder Bible Study, we were encouraged to go through Psalm 139 and write the verses as if God was speaking to us. If you try it, they should read something like this:
Sarah, I have hemed you in- behind and before; I have laid my hand upon you (139:5)
Sarah, if you go up to the heavens, I am there; if you make your bed in the depths, I am there (139:8)
Sarah, I knit you together in your mother’s womb (139:13)
Sarah, praise me for you are fearfully and wonderfully made; my works are wonderful, you know that full well (139:14)
The Lord knows you. He knows your heart and He knows your every move. Thankfully He does not love us because of our highlight reel, but because He has seen us at our darkest, in the midst of the hustle, and He is always there.
What I’m trying to say is, don’t fall victim to the comparison game. Don’t let the filters and Photoshop get you down. Do not doubt that your Creator made you just the way you are. He knows you and He knows your heart – not just your highlight reel.
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
139 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 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.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.[b]
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.