Avoid the Snare to Compare
By David Chadwick
Because of my sports background, I can be very competitive. It’s easy for me to compare myself with others to determine my value in life.
Dad saw this tendency in me at an early age. I’m sure that’s why he took me aside and said, “Son, be very careful. Try to avoid the snare to compare.”
Dad knew that I would always encounter people who were more athletically gifted, aggressive, or smarter than I am. He understood that for me to compare myself with others could only produce two results – and both of them are negative.
Either I’ll become prideful because I am better than another person. Or I’ll become envious because I’m not better.
Because of Dad’s wise counsel, I’ve slowly learned contentment (Philippians 4:11-12). My identity is not found in comparing myself with others, but solely in the fact that Jesus loves me. I am his child.
Therefore, the opinions of others don’t matter much to me.
Thank you, Dad!
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