Are You Infected with Cs Disease?

From the LYWB.com Team: We’re always on the hunt for truth speakers who can help us accomplish our mission to help you abandon lies and replace them with God’s truth. That’s why we are tickled to add Liza Proch to our team. She’s little sis to Beecher Proch, another member of our blogger lineup. Please give Liza a big LYWB.com welcome in the comments section below.

I was ready for a relaxing weekend with no particular agenda. I grabbed my phone and started scrolling through my Instagram feed. I stared for a minute at a picture of a perfect view of some foreign country behind a gorgeous person wearing an adorable outfit. Ah, if only my life looked like that . . .

Before I knew it, my mind was heading in a downward spiral I didn’t even realize was taking place.

My hair wasn’t like hers.
My clothes weren’t that cute.
My legs weren’t that skinny . . . and the list goes on.

I was wrapping myself in a web of despair, and my contented Saturday just flew out the window, replaced by an onslaught of comparison, discouragement, and despair. And then it slowly dawned on me that this feeling of melancholy, this sense of unrest, was a direct result of being ungrateful for the life that I have been given. Discontentment had crept into my heart like a virus. It’s a problem I call “The Cs Disease.” Yup, a disease made up of Cs.

The first C is for COMPARISON.

It’s such an easy trap to fall into. For me, it’s so easy to look at others and compare myself. (You too?) I think:
As long as I’m as skinny as she is, I’ll feel okay.
As long as my hair looks like hers, I’ll feel okay.
As long as I get to have amazing experiences like she does, I’ll feel okay.

Suddenly, the way God chose to make me falls short in my eyes. It feels like being who God made me to be isn’t good enough.

The second C is for CONFUSION.

When my eyes are focused on the world, instead of Christ, clouds of discontentment fog my thinking and truth seems vague and unclear.

When I’m looking around at what everyone else has or looks like . . . when my eyes are focused on the world, instead of Christ, clouds of discontentment fog my thinking and truth seems vague and unclear.

The third C is for CONDEMNATION.

After all the comparing has caused confusion about who God created me to be, I feel condemned—condemned to life as a girl who is never enough. Condemned to be only okay—never pretty enough, never smart enough, never accomplished enough to really shine.

The Cure for Cs Disease

To sum up Cs Disease in one sentence: When we start comparing ourselves to others, we become confused about who God has made us to be, which leaves us feeling condemned and worthless.

Now that we have this dangerous disease diagnosed, we can turn to Scripture to find the secret remedy. How do we fix this virus inside our hearts? We need the T Treatment.

The first T is for TRUTH.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

When you’re tempted to compare, remind yourself of the truth that God didn’t accidentally give you your nose instead of her nose. He loves the way He formed every part of you.

The second T is for TURNING.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth (Col. 3:2).

Turning our eyes upon Jesus gets our focus off of ourselves and onto God’s amazing grace and love in our lives.

Turning our eyes upon Jesus gets our focus off of ourselves and onto God’s amazing grace and love in our lives.

The third T is for TRIUMPH.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).

As Christ becomes the main point of focus in our lives, comparison, confusion, and condemnation slowly have to back away. There’s no room for them anymore. We can have triumph and victory over the Cs Disease.

So what steps are we going to take? Perhaps it’s taking some time off of social media or YouTube videos, movies, or certain books. Perhaps instead we need to feast on God’s Word, choosing to focus on who He declares us to be.

Let’s all take the time to examine what it is in our lives that’s pulling our focus off of Christ. I’d love to hear some ways that you redirect your focus back to Christ, so let me know in the comments below!

About Author

Liza Proch

As a Jesus-follower, blog-loving writer, and coffee-drinker, Liza is constantly looking for new ways to inspire and encourage other young women in their walk with Christ. She recently launched a hand lettering company and blog of her own (BriarberryType.com), and lives in the sunny hill country of Texas where she's in a band with her three brothers.

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  • Chelsy Johnson

    This post really hit the spot! I didn’t even realize I do this! It’s soooo nice your joining our family! I’m so excited! Love you already! 🙂

  • Barbara le Roux

    Great post, so needed to hear this! 🙂

  • Avigail

    Welcomeee!! Yay a new writer! This will be fun!
    Great post👍🏾
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  • Tiana

    Such a great post!! And welcome to the team!! 😎😎

  • Sarah Wiggins

    Thanks so much for this post and welcome!!!

  • Rose

    When you mentioned about comparing noses, it struck a cord with me. I have never liked the way my nose looked and have done a lot of comparing in my life. Thank you for this reminder and welcome!

  • Thank you for this. I am 100% infected with the Cs disease. It’s a daily battle for me. I completely relate to one thing in particular that you said: ‘My contented Saturday just flew out the window, replaced by an onslaught of comparison, discouragement, and despair.’
    This happens to me all the time. Every single time I allow my heart to compare, the rest of my day is nearly ruined! ):
    It reminds me of Rend Collective’s song, ‘More Than Conquerors’. One line that always sticks out to me every time I sing along with their beautiful words is, ‘We will not bow to sin or to shame; We are defiant in Your name!’
    We are no longer condemned. We do not have to be trapped in comparison and mistaken identity. We are defiant (we are going against this world’s expectations and our discontent, sinful natures) in Jesus’ name! He is, as the song continues to word, our ‘fire that cannot be tamed’. He is ‘the power in our veins.’ And He is ‘Our Lord, our God, our Conqueror!’
    You’ve so encouraged me with your writing!
    And, I just checked out your website. Your artistic talent is amazing! I am constantly practicing hand-letting like that and your work is so inspiring! 😉

  • This was so amazing. Omg, thank you for this post.
    Welcome! God bless u a lot.

  • Natalia Vázquez

    I’ve realized I compare myself with others, and as a consequence I also post pictures that make me look good and probably make other people compare themselves with me. This week God has called my attention through Galatians‬ ‭5:26‬ ‭“Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
    ‭‭Now I am trying to think before posting and before getting into Instagram or Facebook…
    Hope this is a year of victory in this area. Greetings from Argentina!

  • Guitar Girl

    Wow, great post! I spend a lot of my time comparing myself to others, so this was great! I’ve also liked your posts as a guest blogger, so I’m excited to read more of you! 🙂

  • Elizabeth

    This is a great post! I compare myself to others a lot and I was just praying the other night for God to help me not to compare and then your post came out!
    Thanks so much for this!

  • one way is with good music I run to the cross and show Jesus my scars, and he bears my cross carries me and heals my mind, keeps my demons away. and gives me peace.

  • Gabrielle

    Nicely written Liza! And welcome!! So glad to have you here!

  • ChristianGirl

    You sound like an amazing girl! I’ve compared my figure to other girls and wonder if I’ll ever have the figure they do, even though I’m at a healthy weight. It does help to focus on Christ and knowing He loves us just the way we are. Someone can be physically attractive but may lack inner beauty. Inner beauty is much more important than physical appearance.