kəmˈperəsən/- Literally, to compare one thing with another by noting similarities and differences. (Strong’s Dictionary)
Too many people are comparing themselves in a really bad way! I believe we are stopping ourselves from moving forward because of this comparison. When we compare ourselves, we are giving ourselves the short end of stick by not seeing the treasure within.
People’s lives & accomplishments should be our motivation, not our example of what we should want or be.
We have been using technology to measure our “worth” instead of using it to support our goals. Technology is an incredible tool, but a terrible master. When we scroll through blogs, Instagram, Facebook feeds and tweets are we looking at the shares or the content? Are we comparing our pages and place in life to others?
Who cares what amount of followers, likes, comments, etc. someone else has. That isn’t your platform. Just keep working and appreciate the people who allow you into their thoughts and visual lens.
If Shonda Rhimes has three shows on primetime and I am just starting my web series that should not be my measuring rod. It should be my motivation.
Comparing ourselves to others doesn’t allow us to appreciate where we are in our respective seasons of life.
Comparison is a poison. It steals the very life that we should be living. It pollutes every area of our lives. Most woman compare their beauty to another women’s beauty, while never seeing their own beauty.
Men compare themselves as well (i.e. one’s strength to another’s).
We love to see “celebs” on the red carpet, but I can’t imagine what they go through. They go to extreme levels to make sure they are perfect, only to have a tabloid, blog, or newscaster take apart their entire lives and wardrobe in 30 seconds. Our culture has built a mindless dragon of criticism and comparison. Everyone was designed to be different, yet we all want to be the same.
Relationships take the greatest beating due to our insecurity of comparison. It is impossible to be transparent and present in any relationship when you are comparing yourself to another. It amazes me how many insecurities actually live within me and the more aware of them I am, the greater I can become at relationships, because I recognize how I am comparing myself to another person.
Let’s think about it. Do you desire the American dream because you truly want the house, car, kids and things? Is your heart’s desire to live a minimal life, but you are afraid of what others will think? Comparison is the thief that will rob you of your heart’s desire, because you will forever be chasing after someone else’s dream. That doesn’t have to be the rest of your life. Take an evaluation of your relationships and see who you are comparing yourself with. The people you physical know and those who you don’t (social media).
To compare is unwise (2 Cor 10:12). Let us all begin to appreciate where we are and where we have been without bringing in outside forces of pollution. Our biggest enemy is ourselves and our only comparison should be placing ourselves against the image of Jesus.