Compare and Despair. We bring judgment and condemnation to the table when we think of ourselves in comparison to others. My brain and willpower will manipulate any circumstance to benefit my mood. If I am in a pity party and I feel like wallowing I will compare myself to the self-made bajillionaire who is 25, attractive and popular. If I’m feeling extra special, up on my yippety-high horse, I will compare myself to the poor fool who won’t stop the meth habit even at the expense of her children. THIS IS WRONG THINKING. Both extremes of self-commending or self-condemning are toxic because I am looking toward myself and not God. God wants us to know we have identity in him, not in comparing our competency to others. God wants us to study and learn and grow in Christ’s teachings. In John 7:16 “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.”
Our worth is not based on performance or intelligence. We don’t need to be competitive with anyone. We can honor our diversity and learn from the differences. This discipline isn’t always easy, “the way to life-to God-is vigorous and requires total attention.”-Matthew 7:14. This verse describes the narrow road to enlightenment versus the wide road to destruction. In Psalm 3:5-6 the bible also reminds us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” I can find peace on that vigorous narrow path as that is the one God will contract highway workers to go before me to lead me victorious.