But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Luke 10:40 (NIV)
Do you ever compare yourself to someone else? Do you find you compare your life to the lives of people in the movies? Compare the amount of work you do, to the amount of work your spouse does?* Do you compare how you look with how someone else looks? Do you compare the way you are raising your kids, to someone else? When you compare do you feel inferior? Do you feel superior?
Comparison is a killer. It kills our joy, steals our peace, and ruins our humility. When we compare ourselves and feel lacking, we are missing the strengths we do have. When we compare and feel like we are better, we are deluding ourselves into thinking we can do this on our own. And we are missing the way God can work in our weakness.
Comparison leads to bitterness, brokenness, and death.
And comparison is not God’s way.
God made each of us for a purpose. We were created in His image. We were created by love and for love. When God looks at us, his focus is not our faults. He looks at us, and amazing God that he is, He sees all our potential. He sees his creation, and He is so in love with each of us.
If the world compares, then God covers us. He is a safe harbor. He has set us apart as a Holy People. He is not picking and choosing favorites among us. Instead He wants to be with each of us, somehow we are all his favorite. And He is so infinite, that He can be totally alone with you in any moment.
Choose to ditch the comparisons of this world, and to embrace the acceptance and encouragement of your Heavenly Father.
Father, I thank you for your love and acceptance. I thank you, that I do not have to prove myself to you. I do not have to, in my own strength, strive for something better. But that I can come to You, just as I am, and be loved, just as I am. You are so good, and we praise you for that goodness! In Jesus name, Amen!
*Guilty! Oh so guilty! And what do you do when you recognize the thing that is killing your joy? You pray! I cannot be better in my own strength… well, at least not for very long. But when I pray, that is when amazing things happen. Even amazing things inside of me. God is so ready to help us, to change our hearts, if we will only ask Him and trust Him.