“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor; for if either one of them the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Comparison. It’s something we all deal with, every single human, and it can be really magnified in our baseball bubble. Our significant others’ jobs revolve around their performance compared to their teammates, typically in a very obvious way, and that kind of leaks out into everything else in our lives if we aren’t careful. We easily fall into comparing career development, financial status, lifestyle choices, cars, bags, clothes, appearance, you name it. It is really easy to look around and start to wonder how we measure up. It is really easy to compare literally anything in our lives with the people around us (or not around us, thanks instagram.) It is really easy to get that anxious feeling and let it consume us.
We are meant to live in community, to walk through life hand in hand. Look at the verses from Ecclesiastes above. Comparison erodes those bonds of trust and friendship and can cause us to feel isolated and anxious, and without the support we need when we walk through difficult situations.
I don’t think any of us enjoy the feelings comparison can bring. But in order to change it, we have to know what it looks like in our lives.
Over the next few days we will take a deeper look into some different ways that comparison can come to the surface in our lives and at some ways we can work to overcome it, both personally and in our relationships with each other.
Prayer: God, thank you for creating us to live in community with other people. Help me to see areas of my life where comparison is taking hold, and let me learn to look to You to help me overcome it.
Suggested Reading: Galatians 1:10