Prideful Comparing

So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, 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. Romans 12:5 The Message

I am sooo bad about prideful comparing;  how about you?  Are you a prideful comparer? Do you compare your blessings, gifts, talents with other people’s blessings, gifts and talents? There’s absolutely no future in it you know. We were made by God  to be unique. When I start comparing myself to other people, I never seem to measure up. Of course the opposite isn’t such a good scenario either…..”Oh yeah!  I’m sooo much more talented than she is”.  Nope, that doesn’t seem right either. That’s why I say there’s  just no future in prideful comparing. But if that’s true,  why do we spend so much time doing it? Why do I spend so much time doing it?

I believe that prideful comparing comes from an over-involvement with “self”.  If I’m esteeming others more highly than myself and putting others before myself, then my focus is on helping, serving, giving….. instead of comparing. When I focus on myself, I am frustrated, agitated, jealous….I’m a bottomless pit, that can’t be filled. No blessing is ever good enough, no gift ever satisfying enough, as long as I’m self-focused. The Bible says, “godliness with contentment is great gain”.  Contentment is the opposite of prideful comparing. Contentment says “I’ve got all I need, there’s enough….more than enough…what God gives me is exactly what He wants me to have.” I’m giving up pridefully comparing myself to other people.  I am what God has made me to be and He’s given His very best for me.

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One Response to Prideful Comparing

  1. Crystal Caviness says:

    Thank you, Lisa, for this wonderful reminder that “God doesn’t make junk!” There also is no future in the “if only…” path, which, probably is a first cousin to prideful comparison.

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