The comparison trap.
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“If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
for each one should carry their own load.”
I wonder if this guy ever feels inferior being a mule among horses. If I was him, I’m sure I would envy that palomino up on the hill shining golden in the afternoon sun. You see, I compulsively compare myself to others resulting in envy alternating with pride.
Actually, this guy seems pretty unaware of my projections. He just is. He’s likely content with how God made him thinking nothing of it because, well, he’s a mule and does not contemplate such things. Gosh, I envy that.
Do you ever feel less than others; less gifted, less beautiful, less (fill in the blank)? Or do you sometimes feel superior to people who seem less competent, less godly, less (fill in the blank)?
When we compare ourselves to others we are seeking a sense of self-satisfaction and worth in something other than who God created us to be, and the work He’s given us to do. We compulsively rank ourselves hoping to perch on a higher rung.
But the ground is level at the cross.
God grant us humility that we may experience freedom from the trap of comparisons. May we test our work only against Your unique call on us, and rest content knowing You will fulfill Your good purposes through us as we offer ourselves to You.
“Thy will be done. I yield up everything.
‘The life is more than meat’- then more than health;
The body more than raiment’ – then than wealth;
The hairs I made not, thou art numbering.
Thou art my life – I the brook, thou the spring.
Because thine eyes are open, I can see.
Because thou art thyself, ’tis therefore I am me.”
-From Diary of an Old Soul by George MacDonald
Copyright photo and text Jennifer Brukiewa