We have all done it at times. We compare ourselves to others, and according to Theodore Roosevelt, “comparison is the thief of joy.” So why do we put ourselves through the pain and anguish of comparison?
I love Pinterest; I could spend hours upon hours looking at all of the beautiful creations that talented people post. I am just amazed at the creativity of some people. I couldn’t have imagined the project, to begin with, and I can’t even copy it with them giving me the outcome. But, what I love to look at are people’s homes and the way that they decorate them. Whenever I see a picture on Pinterest or FaceBook, I enlarge the photo so that I can take in all of the details of their home. I love seeing the decorated fireplaces, the little entrance tables filled with knick-knacks of the holiday that is soon coming, and all of the perfectly placed photos of their gorgeous family on the walls. I enjoy seeing these, but something inside me is also envious. I look around at my own home and here is what I see: my fireplace has decorations on it that haven’t been changed in years, my entrance table is cluttered with what I have put on it as I came through the door, and my walls are mostly bare because I painted five years ago and have never hung anything back on them. Oh, and don’t forget, I have a Christmas tree in the corner that has been up for around three years. Truth be told, there is NO comparison.
My sister and I were talking yesterday morning about comparison, and she told me about something that she had run across when she was in college. The quote said, “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” So basically, there’s no middle ground with comparison. You either compare yourself to others and find yourself lacking and become bitter, or you might think of yourself as being superior and be vain. Thinking that you are better than others is just as bad as thinking that you are lacking, because they are both wrong.
2 Corinthians 10:12
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.
My sister and I have both been using an App called Read Scripture. This app will remind you that you need to spend time with the Lord at a time that you specify. We have been reading about Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, and how the Lord used skilled people to do His work on constructing the sanctuary. My sister laughed and said that she could see the wife of one of these craftsmen saying, “Oh, boy. I married a tent maker.” She might have even said, “I wish I had married a Priest or a Prophet.” The woman had no way of knowing that the Lord had given this special talent to her husband to do the work of the Lord.
1 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded.”
Maybe my gifting is not in decorating. Maybe my writing skills are not what I would like them to be. But, maybe, just maybe, I am exactly what the Lord intended me to be, and so are you!
Have A Blessed Day!