mixed media art journaling Bible list entry by Elaine Davis | be like a pineapple | comparison

Comparison is an ugly thing. Everyone does it. Fess up: you’ve scrolled through Instagram or Facebook looking at photos that your friends have posted & have caught yourself thinking. “Wow… their house is WAY bigger than mine,” or “I wish I could paint like that,” or even “If only I could be as thin as she is…” I think we do is unconsciously– we don’t even REALIZE we’re doing it. It’s become such a habit that we put ourselves down constantly without noticing. It’s a social reflex. But honestly– it’s completely arbitrary. Comparing one person’s life to another is like comparing apples & oranges: the Lord created them so completely different that comparing them doesn’t even make sense. If you’re looking for confidence in those apples & oranges: you won’t find it.

mixed media art journaling Bible list entry by Elaine Davis | be like a pineapple | comparison

I’ve been going on a health journey this summer, changing my diet to fit my new diabetic lifestyle. It hasn’t been fun, but it HAS been rewarding. So far I’ve lost 30 pounds & 1 pant size & I’m feeling great. As I’ve been going through these changes, I’ve realized something that should be SUPER obvious: it’s not about what the scale says when I step on it. Because nothing can top the feeling of seeing positive progress in my overall health & well-being! It’s totally a “what’s on the inside is what matters” thing, which I knew in theory, but until you experience it first hand it doesn’t truly click. I look at the scale & don’t see an ugly number anymore; I see the difference from where I came from when I started! And when I’m scrolling through Facebook & start to compare myself to friends that are EASILY 90 pounds lighter than me, I stop & think “No. Because my journey has been totally different than theirs, so it’s not a fair comparison. It’s like apples & oranges.”

mixed media art journaling Bible list entry by Elaine Davis | be like a pineapple | comparison

We’ve all seen that little phrase about being a pineapple that has been circulating the internet:

“Be like a pineapple: stand tall, wear a crown, & be sweet on the inside.”

mixed media art journaling Bible list entry by Elaine Davis | be like a pineapple | comparison

I think this is exactly what God has in mind for us. Confidence isn’t to be defined by the size of our home, the kind of car we drive, how talented we are, or a number on a scale. We should draw our confidence from Him. Confidence in the fact that Jesus died to save us. Confidence that we are loved. Confidence that He wants us to be like a pineapple.

He wants us to stand tall! Be proud of who we are & stand up for ourselves as Christians! Stand tall for the Word!

He wants us to wear a crown! The crown on our head is bought & paid for. We are His children through & through. No social variables are going to lose us that title. Wear the crown– we are children of the One True King!

He wants us to be sweet on the inside! Be faithful & true & kind & give grace! Love the least of these!

mixed media art journaling Bible list entry by Elaine Davis | be like a pineapple | comparison

These are the things we can shout for joy! Throw the apples & oranges you’re comparing out the window & just be a pineapple instead. ;)

<3 Elaine

Illustrated Faith Supplies Blog ImageIllustrated Faith affiliate disclosure Blog ImageIllustrated Faith Amazon affiliate disclosure Blog Image

Illustrated Faith Through Christ devotional by Meg Duerksen | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Geo Clear Cuts padIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Icons clear stampsIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Bible MatIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd tape runnerIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Genesis Kit – Mini Alpha stickers in Olive YouIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Homespun Number stickers in Olive YouIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd His Love Cardstock stickersIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd CHRISTmas TabbiesIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd penIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Date It stampIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Little Bits in Whatever is LovelyIllustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Shanna’s Favorite Paint set | Bella Blvd Fresh Market Treasures & Text cardstock sticker sheet | Recollections orange washi tape | Prima Chalk Edger in Fall Leaf | Faber-Castell Artist Big Brush pens in May Green #170 & Orange Glaze #113 | Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Mowed Lawn | Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher | Tim Holtz water brush | Artist Loft watercolor palette | Anita’s Acrylics paint in Sunshine Yellow | white card stock

  1. Michelle 5 years ago

    Thank you for being so honest and sharing a personal struggle, the same one we all have had. I hadn’t heard the pinapple quote and I love it!

  2. Sheryl Musslewhite 5 years ago

    Love this Elaine! Oh how true it is too! I haven’t seen or heard of the quote, but love how you used it here! I’m sorry to hear about your health issues, I too found out a couple years ago that I am in your same shoes.
    God’s blessings to you! Thank you for sharing this!

Leave a reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copyright ©  Illustrated Faith. All rights reserved. | Website designed and developed by Morningtide Design, LLC.


Send us a message.


Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?


Create Account