by Sandy Kirby Quandt
You’d think by this stage of my life I’d be done with making comparison between myself and others, but you’d be wrong. If you do the same thing, or know someone who does, perhaps something I read in 365 Pocket Morning Prayers will interest you.
The author stressed the best way to deal with making comparisons is to accept who we are in Christ. Sounds simple, right? But still I struggle when I am tempted to see how I stack up with the people I encounter through the course of my week.
Some days we might do better than other days. Maybe the days when we don’t compare ourselves to others are days we feel more confident. More comfortable with how God made us. Woven and spun, after all. 😉
But on the days we’re not feeling so confident, we can become discouraged when we spend our time making comparisons between our achievements and what others accomplish. Of course, there is the other extreme where we might compare ourselves to others and become prideful. It all depends on who or what we use as our standard of measurement, don’t you think?
The author of the devotion I read said, “Instead of inspecting others and worrying about anyone else, I should focus on myself and my relationship with God. How I stack up to others has no bearing on our relationship.”
God’s timing is always perfect. It just so happened I read this devotion while Pilot and I spent several days at the beach. Talk about someplace ripe for making comparisons. 🙂
Do you find any wisdom in the above quote by the devotional writer?
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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. Galatians 6:4-5 (MSG)
I wish you well.
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