Comparisons can creep into so many aspects of our lives. Today, I am going to unpack what the Bible has to say about comparing ourselves to others. We are going to look at three different passages of scripture and illuminate how we need to respond to the comparison game. So, get your Bibles out and read these passages and journal what it means to you.
- Genesis 31:1-2
Sometimes it is very difficult for us to see someone doing better than we are. In this particular scripture, Laban’s sons didn’t like the fact the Jacob was succeeding. When we begin to compare ourselves to others’ successes, we are allowing jealousy to open the door to our hearts. Instead of comparing, we need to celebrate others’ successes.
I suggest that when you feel yourself begin to compare to someone’s success, stop and say one good thing about the other person as well as yourself. For example, Suzie A just got asked to lead the next women’s retreat. You can say, “Suzie A does a great job of organizing events, I am certain she will do a wonderful job. I am gifted in other areas like singing, maybe I should look into offering to sing at the retreat.” The best thing to do is to stop the comparison train of thought before it leaves jealousy station.
- John 21:21, 22
Besides comparing ourselves to others’ successes, sometimes we compare our service and devotion. In this passage of scripture, Peter is so concerned with what is going to happen with John that he has lost sight of what is important – his own walk with Christ. You and I do not need to worry ourselves with whether someone is “getting away” with something or not as devoted as you are. The only person Christ wants you and I to examine is yourself. How is your faith walk today?
- Galatians 6:4
So often the comparison game is played by looking at someone on the outside – appearance, status, job, possessions, gifts and talents. You and I need to keep in mind that God created and gifted each one of us specifically for His unique purpose and plan. Do not spend your time second guessing God’s design. He doesn’t make mistakes. Christ’s example will push you to do your very best and His grace and unending love for you will bring comfort when you fall short of your expectations.
It is so easy to fall victim to the doubts and fears that we are not enough. It can drag us down. We become so consumed with not having enough, not being enough, not doing enough…and our focus shifts onto that instead of where it needs to be, which is on God and what He wants us to be and what we are called to do. Satan just wants to keep us distracted and he does a really good job of this. All he has to do is put the question of enough in your mind. And if you are like me, you just take it and run with it. But I have a secret for you — God is enough. He is big enough, strong enough, smart enough, good enough, more than enough than we can ever begin to imagine. So when those thoughts of enough come into your mind, turn to God and He will be more than enough for you.
I would like to leave you with one of my favorite songs today, More Beautiful You. When the comparisons start flooding your mind, let the words of this song wash over you. You are loved, special and beautiful – just as you are.
- What do you do when comparisons come knocking at your door?
- How is your faith walk?
- What did you learn from these scriptures? How can you apply it to your life?