• Heidi J. Smith

Dangers of Comparing

Photo credit to Andrea Piacquadio

Scrolling through Facebook, I stared at the pictures and sighed. Wow, look at where they went and what they did! Hmm, should she have done that? I won't do that. Should I be doing that with my kids? They are so creative.

I enjoy posting and reading social media, but I have to be careful because I have a tendency to compare my life with others. Not only on social networking, but in everyday life, too.

Why do we compare ourselves with others?

Do we assume that others have it so much better than we do?

Or do we feel better about ourselves when we notice others faults?

"For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?"

1 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

God created everyone unique with different strengths and weaknesses for His purpose. Just as a body has many parts with various functions, each person is "fearfully and wonderfully made" with special abilities and talents (Psalm 139:14).

We need to recognize and receive the measure of grace given to each of us.

We should appreciate others' skills, while sharpening our own. If others mess up, we should encourage them to try again and realize that God's grace covers our shortcomings.

Rather than compare ourselves with others, we should measure ourselves with God's Word. Our value is in Christ, and we should use our gifts to the best of our abilities for His glory.

Romans 12:6 (MSG) “Let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” 


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