"By the grace of God I am what I am..." 1 Corinthians 15:10
Comparison: the thief of all joy. Although comparison is not inherently sinful, as the Bible tells us to be “imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12), if we are not attentively pursuing humility, pride can hijack comparison. Pride wants to glorify self and looks inwardly at what it has to offer - and when pride rules over our comparison, jealousy, envy, and selfish desires are the result (James 3:16).
When we sinfully compare ourselves and our lives to others, we are ultimately slapping God in the face. We are ignoring His sovereignty, and instead, we are wanting to call the shots. It can leave our souls feeling empty and tired, like nothing on this Earth will ever satisfy our longing hearts. And in reality, that's true...only God's grace is sufficient for us, and in our weaknesses, we will find His everlasting strength (2 Corinthians 12:9).
In this day and age, it's so easy to get wrapped up in the perfection of what social media seems to portray, constantly wishing our days were as put together as the girls in the photos. But when it comes down to it, we are all broken...and with brokenness comes hurt and pain. A pain that can only be cured by the blood of Christ. So instead of comparing ourselves to each other, let's throw ourselves at the feet of the One we should really be comparing our lives to.
Dear Heavenly Father, like it says in 1 Corinthians 15:10, only because of Your grace I am made new. Forgive me for sinfully comparing my life to the ungodly things of this world; help me to live a life that is modeled after Christ. In Your Son's name I pray, Amen.
Do you spend your days pridefully comparing your life to worldly and materialistic things? Ask God for forgiveness.