Comparing Ourselves

2 Corinthians 10:12 – For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

She’s slimmer. He’s more buff.  He has a nicer car.  She has a better job.  He has better connections.  Her kids are more well-behaved.

Her hair is quirky.  He’s awkward.  She’s seems antisocial.  He doesn’t seem like he’s going anywhere in life.  How did she pick him?  Why did he pick her?

And, of course, “Wow, their life looks great on Facebook.  What’s wrong with my life?”

There are a lot of ways to compare ourselves with other people.  It can be positive or negative, intentionally or unintentionally.  Are we trying to prove to ourselves that someone else is better than us, or that we are better than another?  Let’s save ourselves the trouble and realize that statements is both true and false.

When it comes to tasks, there is likely someone better than yourself out there.  “No, but I’m the best.”  OK, let’s switch tasks then, and suddenly you’re not.  All that is proven is that at you are or are not good at a specific task.

When it comes to worth, one is not better than another.  “My car is faster than yours, therefore I am worth more as a human being.” Really?  “I’m prettier than her, therefore I’m worth more as a human being, and I will treat her with disdain.” I don’t think so.

Comparing ourselves, even with tasks is a destructive activity.  Doing our best, and calling it good should be enough for us.  We will naturally get better at what we do.  If someone inherently has more talent at a task, that’s fine.  Invest the talents that you have and see them grow.  You are not judged on another’s effort by God.

Comparing our worth with that of another person is futile.  God paid the same price for all of us.  What we do doesn’t make us worth more to Him.  The failures of another person does not make Him love them less.  If we realize this, it will stifle our selfishness and cause us to value others more.

Seek wisdom and pursue it.  Don’t pursue the life and attainments of others.  It’s not a wise thing to do.

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