After a rough break-up with longtime boyfriend Blake Coward, Sadie Robertson has recently confirmed that she’s dating Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight. The Duck Dynasty star seems to be quite happy with her boyfriend of three weeks, but it brings up a more important in-depth discussion of what “relationship goals” and “goals” in general really mean to the Christian role model.
In a YouTube video, the teen charges people to stop playing the comparison “goal-chasing” game as it only leads to destruction and self-loathing, especially if you’re doing it in human strength. God alone can fill that void.
“I want to see people starting to live original,” said Sadie. “Stop being, ‘This is my goal. This is this. This is that.’ And if you want to have goals, that’s great, but my point is don’t look at somebody and say, ‘That’s what I want to be,’ because in reality, if you’re seeking self-approval or human approval, you’re never gonna reach your goal. You can only reach it by God.”
“Humans have never given me a better comfort zone than what God can give me,” she added.
Sadie further elaborates on her personal struggles with jealousy and comparison, the ultimate killer of joy:
“I want to tell you the reality of things. I struggle with jealousy, and I struggle with comparing myself to other people. I struggle with worry, and I’m really hard on myself. I’m just like any other girl. I look in the mirror and I pick out the flaws, which is embarrassing, but it’s true. I overthink everything, and I’m definitely not perfect at all.”
As none of us are.
“This is what the Bible says about jealousy,” she continued. “It says it’s cancer to the bones.”
In looking up the definition of cancer, she found one of the definitions to be “a practice or phenomenon perceived to be evil or destructive or hard to contain.”
What an accurate portrayal of how the Enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy through the jealousy, comparison and worry hardwired in our own anxious minds.
Sadie’s message is a refreshing reminder to “be the best you you can be” by letting God take the reigns.
So be you. Be original. And who cares if that’s a little weird?
“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”