We are all prone to do it. We compare our lives, our businesses, our bodies, our families, our kids, our houses, and our accomplishments. And even though we hate how comparing makes us feel, we are prone to do it anyway. For many of us, the compare snare has become second nature.
Comparison is a liar who whispers that no matter who you are or what you do it just won’t ever be good enough. Theodore Roosevelt once said that “comparison is the thief of joy.”
The world around you may not be holding up scorecards, but sometimes it feels like they are and sometimes you are your own worst critic. Living above the snare of comparison requires maturity and knowing who we are in Christ.
It’s one thing to compliment, it’s another thing to compare. It’s one thing to learn from others and it’s another thing to measure ourselves in ways that are unwise because every situation is unique.
If you are not careful, you will compare your unedited behind the scenes reality with someone else’s edited Instagram highlights. And when you do that, watch out. You’re on your way to resentment, unwarranted feelings of inadequacy and even frustration with our good and kind God.
Comparing your life with others is the absolute worst way of evaluating yourself. In the other direction, comparing can lead to the snare of pride. So, stop it. Stop doing it to others. There is a better way and we will talk about that better way in tonight’s UPLIFT service.
In my preaching, I’m always asking, “what are the top questions, temptations, relationship draining and self-defeating behaviors facing our people?” I’ve got to tell you, unwise comparing is at the top of that list.
The Bible says when we compare ourselves with others, we are “not wise.” In other words, it’s a dumb thing to do and a waste of good energy. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
I hope to see you tonight in our UPLIFT service as we get real practical with breaking the compare snare. 7:00 in the East Room.