The Comparison Game
The “comparison game” has trapped us all at one time or the other. I mentioned that it is old because it makes its appearance in the first book of the Bible. Genesis is filled with a number of players.
In II Corinthians 10:12 Paul writes:
“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Those last two words pack a real punch. Paul lets us know that the comparison game is such a foolish endeavor.
Through every season of life, you can look around finding yourself either falling short or rising above the crowd that surrounds you. In this system of measurement, you refer to the status quo as your benchmark. This was Paul’s point. This type of yardstick can knock you over the head or place a crown on top of your head from moment to moment.
God knows us and the struggle we are faced with daily. From fashion, to parenting, to marriage or finances, we can spin out of control at a rapid pace. How do we remain affirmed in who God made us to be, but yet be open to growth and change without being bogged down in the mire of comparison. The answer is to use a different yardstick.
Hebrews 13:5-6 states,
Be content in who God made you to be, and then go in confidence being free from the fear of man’s evaluation. Sounds like a great plan, but I get in the way. Reminding my heart to embrace God’s design because His hands are the ones molding and shaping me is a constant state of surrender.
When I do surrender to this truth I find purpose for every one of my strengths and weaknesses He has orchestrated. So whether it is t-shirt and jeans in a polished nails and heels world, or another area of comparison you struggle with, just let contentment be your yardstick. You will find that instead of wanting to be what you aren’t, you will truly enjoy the variety of others and the uniqueness of you.
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Let contentment be your yardstick. I love that! What areas of comparison do you struggle with?
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