Even famous gospel singers suffer from
discouragement, but Kierra Sheard is sharing her journey of breaking
free from that by speaking out against comparison.
daughter of Grammy-award-winning singer Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop J
Drew Sheard of Greater Emmanuel Institutional C.O.G.I.C. in Detroit,
Michigan, questioned God about the things that could be holding her back
from advancing in her career and life. The answer seemed to be
comparing herself to others.
had to come to grips with the fact that Jesus measures greatness by
service, not status. What’s great to man isn’t great to Jesus,” the
singer wrote in her blog on iamkierrasheard.com.
“What’s great to Jesus is how well you’ve carried out your
mission/purpose in life. So, I’ve been inspired to do whatever is on my
her blog about a recent cosmetic surgery, past relationship problems
and struggles with her career, is leaning on Scripture to speak against
comparison that she calls self-rejection.
“We get out of position
and become uninspired when we look at what others are doing. We lose
peace when we forget our purpose and mission,” she wrote after sharing
Galatians 6:4. “Comparing yourself with others will cause you to
reconsider what God has called you to do because you’re not sure of
whether or not it will be as successful as theirs. We all have different
She shared some insight from Numbers 13:33 to
illustrate the children of Israel being afraid to go into the land of
Canaan promised by God, because they compared their stature to the
giants that inhabited it. To combat that frame of thinking, Sheard
presented 2 Corinthians 10:5, which speaks about capturing every thought
going against God and bringing it back to Him.
She went on to encourage people who may have not been able to accomplish what they set out to.
you bumped your head or if something didn’t work out, it does not mean,
you’ve failed. It just didn’t work out,” Sheard wrote. “To every
successful person, there is at least one failure. And it’s totally
The singer went on to warn people not to compare themselves
to new significant others of their ex-love interests, siblings or
“Stop putting, allowing people to make you feel like a
failure,” she wrote. “Sometimes when we aren’t seeking God for what’s
next, He’ll move us from positions and get a replacement to put us back
on track; to get us back in His Will.”
Instead of making excuses
to avoid implementing a new idea or strategy, Sheard spoke about the
importance of praying and asking God for peace in moving forward.
when it’s you being afraid and when God is saying Go for it!!! If we
don’t know the difference, we can easily slip out of position,” she
wrote. “Don’t be the 90% of people who make excuses having only been
defeated by yourself; by the ‘quit.’ Don’t defeat your greater you!”
year, the Eleven60 fashion line designer spoke about the struggles with
wanting to quit on her dream. Still she spoke about believing that
pursuing the plus-sized clothing line venture was keeping her in the
will of God.
“A lot of people think that I’m takin the clothing
line and just want every dollar. Yes I want the dollars that come with
it but I believe that this clothing line is going to allow me to walk
into doors where I’ll be able to meet people that never would have
listened to my music,” Sheard explained to CP. “I’ll be able to
introduce or re-present Christ to them. So I look at all of my purpose
in life as a way to assist Jesus Christ in building the body.”