Some days, I have to just keep myself from comparing who I am to others. I'm not sure why I do this from time to time, but it's mostly because I feel inadequate in many ways.
I want to be thin like [ _____ ].
I want to be trendy like [ _____ ].
I want to be organized like [ _____ ].
I want to have a clean house like [ _____ ].
I want to be "green" like [ _____ ].
I want to sing like [ _____ ].
I want to be respected like [ _____ ].
I want to parent like [ _____ ].
I want to be prayerful like [ _____ ].
A specific name comes to mind with each of these, one of them might be you! :o) I realize that God does not want me to think like this, and I often have to push these thoughts away and ask Him to keep me content with who He made me to be.
"I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14
It is perfectly fine to strive to be the best person God made me to be. But many times, instead of striving, I'm just sitting still and comparing. So I pray that I will change what I can (eat less, clean more!) :o) and not compare myself so much to those around me...