Comparison is the Thief of Joy. Former American president Theodore Roosevelt once made this very striking statement. “Comparison if the thief of joy.” I know that for myself personally there have been many times when I’ve felt that if I were to measure myself against one person or the other, I would come up short.
But God has not created us to be carbon copies of a certain standard. He created each one of us with a unique personality, abilities, and gifts. If I believe God, then I believe that He created me just as I am, and that He has a personal care for me.
Psalm 139:16-17 “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
It is now up to me to use what He has given me to serve and bless. And I can’t do that by looking at another and wishing I were more like them. So what I need to do is stop comparing myself to other people, and just be faithful to God’s leading in my own life. I can’t try and conform to this one or that one, people who seem to be the “right kind” of person, someone who seems to “have it all.” What I can do is live my life according to God’s Word.
Paul writes, “Take heed in thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Timothy 4:16. If I do this my personality will be cleansed and purified from sin, and I will become exactly the person that God meant for me to be when He created me. I will be able to do the works that He has prepared for me to do.
So when I’m tempted to compare myself to others, I know what I need to do. I pray to God that He will strengthen me. Thank you God that you have made me just as I am. Help me to be humble so that I can see how to follow Jesus in the works that have been prepared for me.
If I keep my vision fixed on following Jesus, and not wishing I was someone who I am not, then He will give me the strength I need to serve and bless using what He has given me, and to simply be myself in purity before His face alone.