Comparison: The Thief of Joy

Comparison: The Thief of Joy

“Comparison is the thief of joy,” Teddy Roosevelt.20171114 - Camparision - the Thief of Joy - negative light quote - photofromunsplashmariopurisic

It’s easier now to compare ourselves to others than it’s ever been before. All we have to do to see how we stack up against the rest of the world is pick up our phone and look at social media. We’ll see pictures and videos of the best and funniest moments of other people’s lives. If we don’t know who we are in Christ, looking into someone else’s life can lead to jealousy.  This simple act can lead to our feeling like we’re not good enough. 

Seeing how we measure up to everyone else only causes us to look at ourselves in a negative light.

We think that everyone else has it all together.  On the outside, it looks like their finances are in order, they never fight with their spouse, their children are on the “A” honor roll and they work out every day. We stop looking at God’s grace in our lives and start magnifying everything we believe is wrong with us.

Our Father did not make us to compare ourselves to others.

“We wouldn’t put ourselves in the same class with or compare ourselves to those who are bold enough to make their own recommendations. Certainly, when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves to themselves, they show how foolish they are.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 (GWT)
We are created to find our worth and purpose in Him, not in trying to be someone else.
20171114 - Camparision - the Thief of Joy - unique and reflect quote - photofromunsplashjohannesplenioWe are made to be a certain part of the body of Christ. If we were all the same, we wouldn’t be a whole body, making it very difficult to fulfill God’s calling here on the earth.
“How could it be a body if it only had one part? So there are many parts but one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:19-20 (GWT)

We’ll stop suffering the pains of comparison when we choose instead to look at God’s grace in our lives.

The Bible defines grace as God’s unearned, unmerited favor. We can’t do anything to buy it. He gave it to us freely in His Son, Jesus Christ. Grace is also defined as our source for joy and the power of God that brings the believer into the Body of Christ without destroying that believer’s individuality.  That confirms that we are to be unique and reflect God’s love in a way that’s different from anyone else. When we make that truth part of our identity, comparison will become a thing of the past.

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