I would be lying if I said I wasn’t ever tempted to compare myself with others. In fact, I truly believe that this is something we are all must deal with at one point or another. I used to think it was only natural to have thoughts such as, “I wish I had her hair, clothes, body, etc.” However, I have found through the Word of God that there are many verses that warn us not to entertain such thoughts.
The reason being is that God created each one of us for a unique purpose, and to fulfill something that only we could. He also created each one of us to look, act, and be unique! Think about it, He gave each one of us a different type of style, hair texture, skin color, and even body type…(take a moment to look around at all of the hundreds of types of bodies He created, it truly is amazing!) When you step back and realize this, you come to realize there is no point in comparing, because we are all so unique! He created each one of us to be different that way so that each one of our strengths, gifts, and abilities would come together to form a strong and healthy ‘body’, (1 Corinthians 12:12).
During the time that I felt God really ‘pruning’ me in this area, He led me to this verse…
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” ~Galatians 6:4
I realized that if I was ever going to get my eyes off of other people, then I would have to keep my eyes on what God has given me, and using it to the best of my ability. Each time I find myself starting to compare myself to others, I simply make the choice to stop those thoughts in their tracks and think about this verse. I re-direct my thinking to the truth, which says I was designed for a unique purpose and that no one else can fulfill my destiny but me! I make a choice to focus on the strengths God has given me, do the best that I can with what He placed in my hands, and I thank Him for who He created me to be! When we do this, we give glory to God, and get the satisfaction of a job well done! Now that sounds way better than walking around feeling jealous, insecure, or insignificant any day!
Below is a video I posted on the Dashing Dish Facebook Page a while back, and I felt the Lord prompting me to share it here as well in case you missed it. It’s an awesome sermon that goes a bit deeper on this subject, so I encourage you to check it out! I know it sure blessed me, and I pray you will be blessed by it as well!