Reject the Comparison Trap

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So many women are bombarded and even paralyzed by relentless pressure to perform. It is so easy to look  at what everyone else does, and what we think they expect, and live a frustrated life of attempting to measure up. Jessica Honegger, Founder and CEO of Noonday Collection, understands the comparison pressure, but she has learned a great lesson from the Lord about where her value comes from.



Take a few moments and read Proverbs 31:10–31. Think about the wife of noble character as you answer the following questions.

Take two or three attributes of the Proverbs 31 woman and describe how they are parallel to parts of your own life. (for example: verse 26 because I meet with younger women weekly for their discipleship)
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How are you tempted by the comparisons issue? When does your perception of other women affect your understanding of your approval from God?
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How do you know when you have received God's approval over your life?
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One part of the problem with comparison is that it causes us to feel inferior. On the other side, though, comparison can cause us to feel superior to brothers and sisters in humbler circumstances. In this next video, Jessica talks about the great realization that God gives Americans when they meet wonderful fellow believers in other parts of the world.


What has been your biggest "aha" moment regarding poverty? How did this realization occur to you, and what lesson has it left with you since then?
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Why is it crucial for churches to understand all of the similarities that we share with all of our brothers and sisters around the world?
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How can those of us who have been blessed with more financial stability be both charitable and offer dignity at the same time?
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When you make the decision to find your work in God's acceptance of you, and not an artificial standard from imperfect people, it frees you to do the good work that He has planned for you.