No Comparison

We like to compare ourselves to others to see how we measure up. I think we, as women, are especially prone to this. “Look at her family.” ” They always wear clothes that match and are ironed.” “She cooks homemade meals every night.” “She never yells at her children in public.” “Her husband is so much nicer to her than mine.” Or, “I would never let my children out in public dressed like that!” “She must feed her kids fast food every meal!”

These comparisons accomplish one of two things. They make us proud because we are doing so much better than the other person. Or they serve to discourage because we can never measure up. Neither of these is a godly attitude.

Paul reminds us in Corinthians:

12We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10

Comparing ourselves among ourselves is not wise. God has put me in the family and situation in which He wants me to be. He has called me to measure up to His standard and to seek His plan for my life, not to measure up to what anyone else is doing in the situation He has placed them.

Instead of comparing, I will seek to know and do God’s will for my life.

One Response to No Comparison
  1. Gina
    October 6, 2009 | 8:00 am

    I think the society we live it makes it even harder not to compare. One of my biggest comparison’s is in the area I feel inadequate in. The state of my home! Instead of comparing, I should probably determine to improve what I have! Thanks for the nudge this morning!