"Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him." (1 Corinthians 7:17)
In baseball life, it’s hard not to be envious of others. I mean, there is always someone with a better contract than you, a nicer car, a cuter wardrobe. As our guys compete on the field, it takes something special for us not to compete in the stands.
At The Increase conference, David Platt spoke powerfully about the comparison trap. He said that comparison is at the core of pride, and it leaves us empty because there is no end to it. Isn’t that the truth?
Here are 3 things David taught us about comparison:
1. Remember who good gifts come from. Worship God for all the good gifts He gives, even if they’re not for you. Enjoy good gifts from God for you and for others. Think about yourself less, and cheer each other on more.
2. Realize what you are accountable for. You are accountable for the gifts God has given you. What has God gifted you with? Steward those gifts well, not with puffed up pride.
3. Rest in what God has ultimately declared about you. Don’t look outward, don’t look inward, look upward. In Christ, you have an unshakeable sense of identity. In Christ, you have an unwavering sense of worth.
Ultimately, you were born for this place, for this time, with these gifts for a reason. Don’t let comparison get in the way of God’s purpose for your life.
Prayer: God, thank you for your good and perfect gifts. Help us steward them well as we keep our eyes on you.
Suggested Reading: Romans 12:3-8