Have you ever compared yourself to someone else? Have you compared your gift, talent, ability, ministry or even your physical appearance to someone else?
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
At times we wrestle with the thought that the lives of those around us are more fulfilling or satisfying than the life we are living. This is an open door for the enemy to rob us from our joy. We are not able to execute all that God has for us because we are too concerned with what others are doing, how they are doing it, and the success they are reaching as a result. These comparisons can be deadly to our spiritual growth.
Imagine giving someone a gift that means the world to you. You paid a heavy price for that gift and thought of no one else but that specific person for you knew they would enjoy it. But to your surprise they received the gift but began to look elsewhere at what everyone else got and began to compare their gift with those around them. They look down at their gift with slight gratitude but their eyes reveal that they are not satisfied and want something else. Seeing that would make you feel discouraged and disappointed because you worked hard for that gift and really thought they would enjoy it.
When we compare ourselves to others we are letting God know that we are not satisfied with the gifts and talents He has given us. We are letting Him know that He was mistaken when He blessed us and should of called us to do something else. When we compare ourselves to others we are rejecting the uniqueness of our purpose and identity in Christ.
These deadly comparisons open doors to jealousy, envy, and even division among those people around us. As a result, these feelings and emotions further keep us away from reaching our full potential in Christ and the process just becomes longer.
Understand, you will never be them, and they will never be you. Live out your purpose with confidence, knowing that God has a specific plan for you that cannot be accomplished if you are focused on someone else’s journey.
Galatians 6:4-5The Message (MSG)
4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
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