February 14, 2017

How Do I Compare?

By: Makenna Johnson [Auburn, WA]

The media try to convince us that they know the key to success, contentment, and happiness.

We post the best selfies, hoping that someone will think we look good, even when we don’t believe it ourselves. We strive for a successful job so that we can have as much money as our friends do. We go on diet after diet, trying to achieve the perfect celebrity body. What’s the common thread in all this craziness? Comparison. But comparison only fuels jealously. We look at those around us and notice that they are better at sports, have more friends, or seem more successful. Why can’t we be more like them?


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

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Let me tell you a secret: Someone will always be better at something. Why let jealousy eat away at us? The Lord has made us unique and has crafted us in God’s image. What could be better than that?


THINK ABOUT IT: Is it more important for you to live up to the world’s ideal or to be like Christ? Ultimately, the approval of our Savior is all that matters. To whom do you compare yourself? How can you begin seeking God’s approval instead of the world’s?


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Take off the coat of judgment and envy. Put on the clothes of compassion and kindness.

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