Comparison: The Thief of Many Things
But Moses replied to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent — either in the past or recently or since You have been speaking to Your servant — because I am slow and hesitant in speech.”" Exodus 4:10
Have you ever found yourself in the trap of comparison? I must tell you, personally, I am a comparison junkie. I'm an ok singer, a mediocre housekeeper, and I excel at Pinterest fails; so much so it's a permanent part of my biography. I stand around at birthday parties lamenting my daughter’s depravity, because I cannot achieve the perfect level of craftiness, even a 9-year-old seems to be able to do. My 12-year-old has learned to braid her hair via YouTube, because I still have not been able to get it right.
What I have learned to do, is not be upset about my shortcomings, but to embrace them.
Comparison is a thief, it is a lie from the pit of hell that we all seem to latch on to, letting it guide our lives instead of the truths of God's word. Comparison will steal your joy, it will steal your ability to live in the now, and honestly, comparison will steal your ministry.
God has given us all unique gifts. While some of us may have the same category of giftedness, we all possess a uniqueness about us that is God chosen, and should be celebrated. None of us are going to be 100% at everything, but the important thing is how faithful we are with our gifts. Our obedience is what God is looking for. As the old saying goes, God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
Many of our friends mentioned in the Bible felt the weight of comparison, but that is the beauty of the sovereignty of God. He chooses our gifts and our talents for His glory. God is good. Be obedient and don't worry about anyone else. You are chosen, you are loved, and you are unique.
God, I thank You for the gifts you have given me. Forgive me when I compare or question you in the roles or tasks you have ordained for me. Help me to remember to be faithful and obedient to you, and blind all comparison that may distract me from my purpose of glorifying You and Your Kingdom.
Do you struggle with comparison?
Read Numbers 13. What was the result of comparison vs. trusting in God and his given abilities?