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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Don’t compare myself with others

A summary of Galatians 6:4-5, says, "Pay careful attention (make a careful exploration) of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that (get the satisfaction of a job well done.)  Don’t be impressed with yourself and don’t compare yourself with others (be satisfied in a job well done.)  Each of us must take responsibility for our own conduct and doing the creative best we can with our own life’s."

Bottom Line:
Don’t look around and try to compare yourself with those around you.  Scripture tells us to pay careful attention, even make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given.  After doing so, sink or fully devote yourself into doing that, and get the satisfaction of a job well done.  

What this means for me:
God gives us work to do, it’s what’s in our life today.  God would expect us to do this work to the best of our ability.  Often what we have been given is to train us, or for us to be a gift or blessing to others.
So what keeps me from doing that?  It seems the grass may be greener on the other side.  I see other folks doing things that look more enjoyable (working from home, exciting or life changing projects, etc..) and I long for them.  Rick Warren talks about us being envious in this area.  He further explains one of the greatest secrets to having happiness/joy in your life is learning to eliminate envy.
I can change envy by changing my perspective and my response, by stopping any comparison of myself to others.  Instead, take satisfaction in doing my best with what has been given to me.
It is difficult to fulfill God’s purpose for me when while looking at someone else and not focusing on doing my best.