“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (2 Cor 10:12)
The Bible has some pretty clear teachings that indicate that we should never compare ourselves to others, nor to be so foolish as to praise ourselves, either. Comparison is a trick that the devil uses to steal our joy and to make us envious of others.
Here are some helpful hints about the kinds of things that God wants us to do in order to live as God created us to:
- Focus upon loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. (Mk 12:30)
- Lead a quiet life and mind our own business. (1 Thes 4:11-12)
- Be proud of our own accomplishments, and assume responsibility for our own actions. (Gal 6:4-5)
- Be transformed by renewing our mind. (Rom 12:2)
- Humbly think of others as being better than ourselves. (Php 2:3)
- Commit our way to the Lord and trust Him. (Ps 37:5)
- Be content. (1 Tim 6:6-8)
- Give thanks for everything. (1 Thes 5:18)
- Imitate Christ. (1 Cor 11:1)
Remember, don’t compare yourself to anyone. Just go ahead and be the best version of yourself ever!