With summer on its way, you only have to check out at the grocery store to read story after story about how to achieve the perfect bikini body. Comparison is the thief of joy, so looking at those perfect models only serves to make us feel inferior, inadequate, and unworthy. In this episode, we’re discussing the real root behind body image issues, and how to stop comparing yourself to others.
If you’ve ever found yourself comparing your looks or your abilities or your accomplishments, to others, you aren’t alone, and today is the perfect show for you. Today we’re going to be talking about the trap of comparison and how we can find hope despite all the shortcomings we see in ourselves.
In today’s episode, we’re talking with Heather Creekmore, author of “Compared to Who: A Proven Path to Improve Your Body Image.” She shares several tips that she has learned for how to stop comparing yourself to others, and helps us understand where to shift our focus and why, as a key to eliminating comparison and body image issues.
In this blog post, Heather shares 5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image This Summer.
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We as a culture are trained to believe that body image issues are really about our body, but that just isn’t true.
We fall for the lie that if we just looked different, we would feel different. The truth is, beauty doesn’t give us freedom, beauty doesn’t give us perfect lives. Only Jesus saves.
Body image issues are really an idol. It’s a misplaced worship issue…an idolatry issue.
A daily exercise of confession and repentance brings freedom. So every day it’s a matter of saying, “No, I am not going to bow down to the idol of the mirror or the scale anymore.”
Comparison feeds body image issues. We look around at others and compare our imperfections to what we see as perfection in others.
Comparison and body image issues often start in elementary school or by middle school or high school where we start looking around at others and realizing we are shaped differently than them.
Beauty is subjective and we all have different ideas of what the most beautiful person looks like. That subjectivity makes the goal of trying to look like them elusive.
The first step in breaking free of body image issues is seeing that idol and recognizing it for what it is.
Rather than looking in the mirror and trying to find something you like about yourself, tilt the mirror up so that rather than focusing on yourself, you see a reflection of Jesus.
The greatest compliment is when people say they can see Jesus in me.
Our God is a God of order, of priorities. He does things in a specific order for a specific reason. We need to figure out where our priorities line up with His.
We all have a sin nature. But there is therefore now no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus. But He wants us to address our sin so we can have hope, joy, and peace.
Pay attention to what you are feeding your eyes! That can stir up envy, jealousy, low self-esteem in your heart.
Let’s remember to seek to be more like Jesus, rather than comparing ourselves to others.
Galatians 6:4-5 “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.”
1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
Romans 8:1 “But there is therefore now no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 11:1 says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
Recommended Resources: (If there are affiliate links in this post, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you)).
“Compared to Who: A Proven Path to Improve Your Body Image” by Heather Creekmore
“Counterfeit Gods” by Timothy Keller
“The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” by Timothy Keller
Don’t Let Comparison Steal Your Joy
4 Steps Toward Conquering Comparison
The Sting of Comparison: 8 Tips While Waiting for Your Special Order
How to Overcome Workplace Comparison
Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award.
Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award.
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Guest: Heather Creekmore
Originally an East Coast native, Heather is a pastor’s wife now living in Austin, Texas. Heather spent over a decade working in politics and marketing for non-profits before marriage and children. Now, through her own ministry, Heather speaks and writes to encourage Christian women who struggle with body image and comparison. I love her byline that says “Stop comparing. Start Living.”
Her first book titled “Compared to Who? A Proven Path to Improve Your Body Image” helps people find new freedom from comparison struggles. In her free time, Heather homeschools four children, drives the soccer practice shuttle, makes sometimes edible freezer meals, competes on Netflix baking shows and breaks grammar rules. That’s why we’re friends!
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Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson
This is such an important topic. Loving Jesus is always the best answer! When we love Him fully we learn how to love ourselves too!
Thanks for tuning in Rebecca. I pray it is a blessing to you and all who listen.
I’m enjoying this conversation right now! Thanks for taking on this topic at the beginning of summer beach and bathing suit season!
Thank you Michelle and Heather for this great post! Comparison is the thief of joy I say. Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!