Comparisons

How many times do we continuously, whether conscious or subconscious, compare ourselves to others? It is so human to do especially in this competitive world we live in today. The sad part is when our self esteem is affected by this. Being a woman I can so relate to this!!! Peter is always getting onto me about comparing myself to someone else when I see their figure, smile, and the list goes on. Once again I am reminded that God has made each of us the way we are for a reason and we need to be happy with ourselves. That doesn’t mean not to do the best you can to improve but it does mean don’t compare yourself to someone else.

Now since we’ve touched comparing on the outside and how that can affect your self esteem let’s bring it a little deeper, shall we? How about how we think of whether we are successful or not? Once again, another comparison. Usually people will consider themselves successful by the amount of money and/or assets they have. Even in that sense how do you compare your success? For example, do you compare where you are this year compared to last year, last month, last week, etc.? We need to be careful with how we compare our success but especially by what standards as well. Compare yourself to Will Smith and his success – yeah, well – you see where I’m going with that. As long as you know at the end of the day you have done your best that is success no matter what ‘category’ you think you’re in.

As always there are layers so now we’ll touch real deep ~ thrashing deep. How many people are glorifying themselves as Christians by comparing themselves to others and talking about how they aren’t “stand-up” Christians? There are many that proclaim to be a Christian because they say they believe in God and know the Scriptures. OK, my turn to compare. Satan believes in God AND knows the Scriptures so now, compare yourself to that thought and what makes you stand out differently? Oh, I get it, you go to church. My friends, going to church doesn’t make you a Christian or open the doors to Heaven. Does it help? Of course! It always helps to surround yourself with like-minded people. Also, we are instructed to be around other Christians worshipping. Just always remember though, we are instructed NOT to judge others and where they stand.

You want a real comparison? Compare yourself as a Christian to Jesus. Are you forgiving? Do you love others unconditionally? That list definitely goes on. Being more Christ-like is a goal but also unattainable for we are human and have many flaws. For improvements we compare ourselves to Him but never get discouraged when you do. You can also compare where you are now in your Spiritual walk to where you used to be for a closer look at yourself. Just make sure you’re honest when you do because He already knows the truth.

In closing, I urge you to only compare yourself to you, where you were and who you were to now. Don’t make the constant mistake of comparing yourselves to those of the world or even those you consider Christians. Focus on you for you are the one who will answer to Jesus about your life. One last thought ~ if you truly want to feel and be successful, make a difference in another’s life. Then you have succeeded.

This is DeVaughn ~ bringing it home.

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About DeVaughn

I am the author of the published book titled "The Naked Truth" which was released September 29, 2015. Within my blogs I hope you will find encouragement through scriptures and we can help each other through our journey.

Posted on November 25, 2013, in Comparison, Depression, Encouragement, Honest, Patience and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. When we choose to compare ourselves to anyone else or what anyone else has we can be sure of one thing – we will be discontent. There will always be someone who is better, brighter, prettier, etc. than we are. I agree with you – if we are to make comparisons, compare ourselves to the author and perfecter of our faith – Jesus! Be blessed today and find a way to bless someone else.

  2. Thank you so much, Shelly! That was truly a beautiful summation. Comparing ourselves is habit forming and people need to catch themselves as soon as they do and change the thought pattern. One way to see how frequently you do it is to put a nickel in a jar every time you do. It starts to add up quickly. Now, for every nickel you are putting in you are also taking from yourself. You will see how you take from your pocket for sure ~ but you will also see how you chip away at your own happiness. Love & Belief ~ DeVaughn

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