Comparison is the thief of joy. –Theodore Roosevelt
We have all heard this true saying. But just how often do we still compare ourselves with others? Let’s be honest – a lot! I have observed two major ways of comparing ourselves with others. One way is looking down on others and thinking we are “better.” Yikes! Prideful much?
But I think the more common way of comparing – especially among us women – is comparing how “bad” a certain area in us to how “good” an area is in someone else is.
However, most of the time it’s their outside appearance with your inward. Their triumphs with your failures. Their great days with your bad ones.
Dear sister in Christ, don’t do that to yourself. YOU will have good days, too. YOU have incredible talent, too.
“She is so talented.”
“She is so outgoing and friendly.”
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul writes to the church in Corinth about how everybody has their own specific gift or ability that is needed to make the church function as a whole.
Verses 19-22 (KJV) say:
And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members,
yet but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand,
I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members
of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary.
We all have unique talents that God has given us as wonderful gifts. Paul encouraged the church in Corinth to be an example of complementing each others’ gifts that God bestowed upon each of them.
God never intended for us to be discouraged because we do not have a specific talent. He wants us to enjoy the beauty and gifts He has given us! God has given you something special – a talent that only you can express in your own unique way. He has also placed you in your family, church, etc. for a reason. The people around you, in your family, and at your church, function more beautifully when everyone uses their God given abilities to their purpose. That means YOU just as much as it means your mother, sibling, or choir director. When tempted to think that your gifts are lesser than another’s, remember that Paul said even those that may seem more feeble are just as important (vs. 22).
I once read that God has given us all gifts and what we do with them is our gift back to Him. Instead of envying our neighbor’s abilities, exercise your gift – use it to praise the Lord! True joy can never be found until we learn to be grateful for our gifts and abilities, and learn how to exercise those gifts to glorify God.