Comparison Is The Enemy of Achievement

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

Photo Credit: Erika Glenn

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.

 

Happy WINSday!

~ETE

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2 Comments
  • Roselyn
    January 22, 2014

    Wow i feel your message today was directed right to me. I can relate on a very personal level. Comparison is one thing I have been struggling with for a while now. One of my greatest struggles is not moving up my career ladder like I would want to, making me feel stagnant.This causes me to compare myself with peers and mates I know who get and are getting the desired breakthroughs we are all seeking for. Sometimes it can be frustrating when others just barely look and career opportunities knock on their doors in the field of study.Last year was quite a difficult year for me. My focus and dialogue with God was mostly on why am I not get the break others are getting and when will I also get there. But that why changed when I read a post from you. This is my second time referencing it but I need to because it was an aha moment when I read it and I am very greatly that you shared that message with us. It was about not asking why but rather telling God to see us through the journey. It’s still a struggle when the devil plays on my thoughts with the break I am seeking for, but as I am growing in the word I and gradually fighting that thought. A verse that helps is Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,and of faith in God”. I am holding on tightly to faith, for FAITH is the path I have learned we need to walk in and the plans he has for us will be revealed!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 23, 2014

      You know which scripture your post just made me think of? “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:3). Have you ever written down the career path that you want God to lead you into? If you haven’t, I totally recommend doing that (Hab. 2:2). If you’ve already done that, continue to pray over it everyday or a few times a week and recite scriptures of God’s faithfulness such as Philippians 1:6. When you do that, God will begin to move you in ways that you could never imagine. On the outside, it may seem like God isn’t doing much but on the inside He’s preparing you for a great work that He has planned. As you continue to show up to work faithfully and work diligently, God is preparing you for a position where people are looking for those qualities. He’s preparing you for a position where people are looking for YOU! You have so much inside of you! I’m sure those who read your comments can see it too! The enemy will try to minimize your work efforts and make you feel small but do not be intimated or moved by his works. You are doing the right thing. You are in the right position, and God is moving inside of you at the right time. Rozzy, continue to declare God’s promises! I am standing in agreement with you and I know that your faithfulness will take you further than anywhere you could ever imagine. I love you sis! You are such a blessing to God’s kingdom =)

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