“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Galatians 6:4-5
It happens every day. We scroll through social media and see family, friends, and complete strangers post about their new car, marriage, or career move. While we like their posts and leave congratulatory comments, we secretly begin to compare our lives to theirs. Why haven’t I met my soulmate? Why haven’t I received a promotion at work? Where’s my breakthrough? These are all questions I’m sure we have all asked at one point.
When life is not going as planned, it is easy to compare ourselves to our peers. However, comparison distracts us from pursuing God’s purpose for our life. We begin to focus on everything we lack instead of God. This tears down our confidence and belief in our ability to pursue God’s calling. Comparison paralyzes us by killing motivation and creativity. That is not God’s design. His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). Even as we go through seasons where life seems stationary and are without something we desire, we can be joyful and expectant. God is a provider and has greater in store.
Comparison can give way to jealousy and competitiveness. Jealousy is not from God and can block blessings. When one of your peers excels in life, be genuinely happy for them and be hopeful about your future. Always check your heart’s intentions before making a decision. Make sure you are not doing something just keep up with the Joneses. A competitive spirit can lead you to make rash decisions outside of God’s will for your life that can cause hurt and delay.
God created us to be unique, so there is no need for us to compare ourselves to others. No two people are the same whether it is in physical appearance or life experiences. Focus on God, work where He currently has you positioned in life, and follow His direction.
And know this: everything is not always as it seems on social media. Many people curate their content so you only see the good (not the ugly) and the end result (not the work). If you are constantly comparing yourself to others, you may need to take a break from social media just to re-center on Christ.
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