COLUMN: Stop comparing yourself to others

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By Shirley Jones

Let us not become conceited provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26

Are you so busy analyzing your vices that you don’t have time to appreciate your virtues? Are you so caught up in inspecting others that you don’t value what God has given you?

God never intended you to compare yourself with anybody. We will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives.

Each of us is an original.

By making comparisons, you imply that God made a mistake by making you as you are. You allow others to define your idea of attractiveness. And you give them control of your self-esteem.

That’s too much power to give anybody.

Paul says, “Since we find ourselves fashioned … excellently … and marvelously …,” let’s just go ahead and be what we were meant to be. Romans 12:3-5

Focus on the talents and abilities God has given you and stop coveting what you don’t have. Base your self-esteem on the fact that God made you exactly, precisely, fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). That’s who you are. You’re without comparison – a genuine “one of.”

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you do with yourself is your gift back to him. Until you stop comparing yourself to others, you’ll never be able to give birth to the unique gifts he’s placed within you. So, thank God today for making you who you are and begin believing that he’s transforming you day by day into who he wants you to become.