I once read a quote that said “comparison is the enemy of achievement.” I couldn’t agree more with this quote. God’s word says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made therefore, everything about you is EXCELLENT and WITHOUT flaw (Psalm 139:14). If you pay close attention to how you feel after making comparisons you’ll notice that you tend to feel something like this: insecure, doubtful, inadequate, unworthy, devalued, confused, hurt, abandoned, and neglected. We tend to feel this way because we’re comparing ourselves to an image that is distorted and disfigured. Have you ever gone into one of those playhouses at a carnival that has the distorted mirrors? There’s usually a row of five or six different mirrors. No matter which mirror you look into, the image never looks like you. In one mirror your head is abnormally large, in another your body is wide and in others, you can’t even recognize yourself.
When we continue to make comparisons, this is what happens to us. Over time, we lose the ability to recognize who we are in God. We fail to understand our value and worth in God, and we cause God’s blessings to look ordinary instead of extraordinary.
Whether you’re comparing yourself to:
the man or woman that replaced you in a relationship;
the co-worker that received the job you prayed for;
the car or house your friend has; or
the booming business your colleague has
…comparisons are never good. You will never feel empowered, strong, confident, secure, bold, courageous and beautiful/handsome. You will never see who you are in God, because you’ll always be measuring yourself against people and things that are not God.
The only way to get over comparisons is to get God in the picture. You have to learn your value in Him and learn what He says about you (i.e. study His word). You have to view God as your appraiser and know that you are priceless to Him. When you know that something is priceless, the appraiser’s word becomes final, and you don’t waste time comparing it against anything else. You are priceless, my friend. You have been formed in the priceless and flawless image of God (Genesis 1:27).
Your appraiser says that:
You are complete with nothing lacking. (Colossians 2:10)
You are a ray of hope for the world. (Matthew 5:14)
You are powerful. (2 Timothy 1:7)
These are the thoughts that should begin to play in your mind the moment you’re tempted to make a comparison. The more you remind yourself of who God says you are, the less you’ll make comparisons. Make today the last day that you compare yourself to anything or anyone but God. Find time to affirm yourself in God each day. If comparison is the enemy of achievement, God’s Word is the ally to a beautiful, rich and fulfilling life.
Do you want to know more about what God says about you? Here’s an AWESOME list of things that God says about you! “Knowing Who I Am In Christ” by Joyce Meyer.