I'll be the first to admit it, I get caught in the comparison trap. I try not to. I know better. But sometimes, it just happens.
I was thinking about it this week, and I started wondering...what is comparison other than making life a competition? (Do I measure up to her? Am I as good of a mom as her? Am I as pretty as her? Am I as talented as her?)
As I dug into scripture, I was reminded that life is not a competition. God gives good gifts to all of us in order that we serve one another.
More for you does not mean less for me.
Can you imagine if we all had the same gifts? The same talents? The same looks? How boring would that be?
Our God is not a stingy God. We can praise His good gifts in others without worrying about our own.
There is no competition. Comparison is a trap, a lie sold to us so that we take our eyes off of Jesus and onto ourselves.
Because what do we do when we are caught in that trap? We focus on ourselves, trying to "fix" our flaws and buy things that will help us be more like someone else.
So how do we combat comparison? Two ways: First, we need to focus our eyes back on the God who fearfully and wonderfully made us with just the right gifts and talents needed to serve each other (and then use those gifts!). And second, we need to start lifting each other up. Cheering on and standing beside and being genuinely happy for one another when good things happen.
Life is not a competition. Let's stop believing that lie by humbly lifting our eyes to God and encouraging each other along the way.