“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” Galatians 6:4-5
Dr. Jordan Peterson, clinical psychologist and University of Toronto professor, said
“…compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.”
We are living in a society that is fueled by comparison. In our social media culture, we are given 24/7 access to everyone’s lives around us. It’s almost impossible not to compare our lives to those we see portrayed on our screens.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 12. It gives a perfect visual to help us realize that comparing ourselves to others is wasted time…
“And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” (1 Corinthians 12:16-18)
Each of us were created by God as individuals. We each have talents, gifts, personalities and qualities that only we posses. Even identical twins with the same exact DNA have differences in their personalities!
Our only job on this earth is to figure out what those gifts and talents are…and then share them with the world to the best of our ability. Just like the verses above explain, it’s useless to compare ourselves to anyone else. If we were made to be an eye, we cannot possibly do the job of the ear. If we were meant to be a hand, we cannot possibly do the job of the foot.
When we compare ourselves to others, we set standards for ourselves that are impossible to attain…because we each can only do what we were individually created to do.
Try catching yourself in the moments you start comparing. Stop…and ask God, instead, to reveal to you who He has made you to be. Take pride in the person you are, because you’re the only one like you that there will ever be.
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