Saturday, November 25, 2017

Stop Comparing Yourself

Do you keep comparing yourself with others? Paul warned about using others as a measuring stick for self-worth. “When they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. (2 Cor. 10:12)

When the men went into Canaan to spy the land, they compared themselves with the giants living there. They said, "All the people whom we saw in it are men of great size…and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:32, 33). The way you see yourself determines how you believe others view you. The spies saw themselves as grasshoppers (“in our own sight”) and believed their enemies also saw them that way (“so we were in their sight”).

1. We become either proud or discouraged—and neither attitude is from God. We compare our physical appearance, intelligence, and success hoping we’ll find ourselves better than average. Of course, it all depends on the people we’re comparing with. We’ll swell with pride if we view ourselves more important, or get depressed and feel like a failure if we don't measure up. Both are destructive attitudes.

2. We fail to recognize God created everyone unique. Although we all have equal value, God has given everyone different appearances, abilities, intelligences and personalities. He made “each according to his own ability” (Matt. 25:15). The Lord made everyone unique because we have different purposes to fulfill.

3. We tell God we aren’t happy with how He made us. “The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this’ will it?” (Rom. 9:20). You must accept the fact that God made you and be thankful for it. David said, “I give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14). When you can also say that, you’ll stop comparing yourself.
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