For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. ( 2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV)
It can be hard not to do this. Compare ourselves to those around us I mean. Especially when we view someone as doing better than us or being further along than where we think that we should be. I believe that the apostle Paul warns us not to compare ourselves to those around us because it can be a gate way for the enemy. How many times have we looked at someone else’s life and the enemy whispers things in our ear such as look at what God is doing in the life of “Tracey” weren’t you called to the same thing as her. Why is it that she’s prospering and you’re struggling? He’ll try to discourage us with things like that, but what the enemy fails to tell you is that “Tracey” has been walking in her calling for over a certain amount of years, you just started. The enemy will never show you the other persons small beginnings. No, he’ll show you where they are now. Then he’ll try to make you feel small for not being at their level. The thing is that their trying to strive just as you are trying to strive.
but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
May I ask you a question? What do we actually get out of comparing our lives to another person’s, besides discouragement and frustration? Here’s a personal testimony. I’m a fairly new blogger I’ve only been doing this for merely six months and truthfully I have less than 20 followers. I remember being so discouraged at my small beginnings and frustrated at the lack of views. So I would begin to compare my self to other bloggers, especially those with a huge following. I would question my writing style and my lack of transparency. The enemy would whisper in my ear ” you’re not transparent enough” or in the case where I did share a little bit of my life he would say ” you shared too much, you need to learn how to keep some things to yourself” When it comes to our enemy we can’t win for losing. Especially if what were doing is to bring glory to God’s name. The truth is I can only be Aqua and write as Aqua. Naturally, I am a very private person. I don’t share a lot of my life with those that I know personally. Much less to the whole world! By nature I am an introvert, but I am also bold and I will speak my mind. The fact of the matter is I may not be transparent in my writing as some others out there and that’s okay. I can only be me and write as God leads me to and put my trust in him that it will reach all of those who he intended for it to reach. My brother-in-law once told me not to worry about getting people to read my blog. My job was just to get the word out there God will bring the people. The thing is that every one of us have our own journey and our own calling. Each one of us can reach people who those around us cannot reach. Why because we’ve each lived our own lives, walked our own paths, have our own testimony. Truthfully, it was foolish of me to compare myself to the other bloggers out there. I read a quote author unknown that simply said Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Simply put it would be foolish of us to compare ourselves with someone especially someone who has been doing something longer than you have. Truth is I was comparing my blog to those who have been doing this thing for years! The scripture tells us in Zechariah not to despise the day of our small beginnings.
For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel. ( Zechariah 4:10)
Truth is when we compare ourselves whether its our lives, our ministry or our vocation to those around us we actually despise our small beginning. You might be asking what do you mean by that? Usually when we compare ourselves, we do so to those who we deem as being at a higher level than us. We look at where they are currentlyand feel that we should have arrived at that level and we begin to despise our small beginnings. The thing is we all have to start somewhere and you have no idea where God is going to lead you. We have no idea what doors lay in front of us. The thing is what God has for us is in front of us not beside us. The moment we start to compare ourselves to those around us is the moment that we take our eyes off of what is in front of us to what is beside us. That’s when we get out of our lane! I nor you were never meant to get out of what God called us to do. If you were called to teach why would you compare yourself to one who was called to evangelize? The thing is we were called to work alongside each other, not to cut each other off. That’s exactly what we’ll end up doing if we continue to compare our life to others, because before we know it we’ll start to try to do it how and like they do it. Just as I mentioned earlier that I can only be like Aqua. You can only be like you and no one can do you like you can!