Spiritual Practice


Rebecca Gertner & Julie Hoy

When I walk into a room, I quickly notice who is prettier than I am, who has better clothes or nicer hair, who’s more popular. Unfortunately, I have to fight on a regular basis my inclination to make comparisons. When I didn’t fight it, I was discontent with everything about me. I had compared myself to so many movie stars and real-life “pretty people” that my vision had become distorted. I could no longer see reality. I only saw myself lacking.


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

Our thoughts can destroy us. What we think is not always true. I was allowing the world’s definition of pretty to make me think I was ugly.

When I decided to take my thoughts captive and to be grateful every day, my whole world changed. Now, I try not to judge myself and others by making comparisons. Instead, I choose to see each one of us as a unique and special creation of a loving God.

—Rebecca Gertner


SEE THE TRUTH: Lies come in many forms: doubt, fear, despair, disappointment, insecurity, and hopelessness, to name a few. Negative thoughts and feelings keep us from being everything God created us to be. Instead, let’s move forward in life, trusting that we are beautiful in God’s eyes. Don’t buy the lies. Keep your faith.

—Julie Hoy

Be sure to listen to Julie Hoy’s song, “Don’t Buy the Lies.”

—from devozine (January/February 2014). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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