Stop Comparing and Start Enjoying

March 19, 2019

The Bible says: “Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? So, what’s the point of all this comparing and competing? You already have all you need.” (1 Corinthians 4:7-8) The Bible says don’t compare yourself to anybody else.  Don’t compare the way you look.  Don’t compare your income.  Don’t compare your intelligence.  Don’t compare your kids or your job or anything else.  Don’t do it for two reasons: Number One:  You are unique.  There’s nobody like you.  God made you special.  God made you, and then He broke the mold.  You aren’t comparable to anybody else.  Be secure with who you are.      Number Two:  If you do start comparing, it’s always going to lead to one of two sins – pride or envy.  You think “I’m doing better than them,” and you get full of pride.  Or “They’re doing better than me,” and you get full of envy.  So, you’ve got to stop comparing.  And you’ve got to start enjoying God’s goodness to others. Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice.”  The second half of that verse says, “and weep with those who weep.”  The second half is a lot easier to do than the first half, isn’t it?  Weep with those who weep.  Feel for someone when he’s down on his luck.  That’s the easy part.  It’s more difficult to rejoice when they have a success.  We don’t handle that so well.  In fact, we’re threatened by it.   Why are we threatened by other people’s success?  Because we see the world as one great big apple pie and it’s all divided up into slices.  And God forbid if somebody else gets a little bit bigger slice, then that must mean my slice is going to be smaller.  Wrong!  God’s got all the pie in the world.  He doesn’t run out of blessings.  There’s more than enough to go around for everybody, and because God blesses somebody else does not mean there is not enough blessings for you.  He just does it in different ways.  He doesn’t bless us all the same. Some have good health, others don’t have good health.  Some have big achievements, others don’t have big achievements.  Some have material things, others don’t.  We’re blessed in different ways.  And we need to learn to rejoice in the joy of other people.  So, stop comparing and start enjoying life.

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