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The Trap Of Comparison

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ComparisonComparison can destroy the very things God has designed to set you apart and make each person unique and valuable.  It’s one thing to compare an item to be purchased, an opportunity to invest in or an organization to partner with – wise people do such things.  However, the process of comparison was never intended to be a measuring stick between yourself and other people.

Comparison often creates envy or insecurity and neither of these are beneficial because they create a wrong focus.  A wrong focus will cloud your judgment and you’ll become trapped by misguided goals that never lead to real success. Real success comes when you choose to focus on playing your own best game by pursuing your own life purpose, and becoming the best version of you.

Comparison fails to take into consideration the different gifts and calling God has placed on an individual’s life.  Because of this, you are never really comparing apples with apples so the comparison is flawed at best and any conclusions you make will be inaccurate and unreliable.  Don’t let your life be misdirected in this way or you’ll miss the path God has for your life, and His path comes with the blessing of success and contentment.

Comparison robs you of the ability to simply enjoy or derive the benefit of another person’s unique gifts, talents and purpose.  Rather than comparing, practice being intentional about celebrating and applauding the success and uniqueness of others.  Let this motivate you to discover and develop you own gifts in order to fulfill your unique calling and mission from God.

Biblical perspective:  Galatians 6:4-5* is a great reminder not to fall into the trap of comparison.  It says, “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others.  Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”  Comparing yourself to others diminishes the uniqueness that has been given to each of us by our Heavenly Father.  So endeavor to pursue an extraordinary life by making the most of the gifts God has placed within you – this is faithfulness in action!

Now is the time to discover your unique calling and mission from God in order to become the best version of you.  My Clear Life Purpose ™ Coaching Programs are designed to help you evaluate your gifts and talents, as well as the passion God has placed in your heart so you can focus on the right things.  Click here now to find out how!

Renew, Refresh and Refocus:  How has a wrong focus led you to pursue misguided goals?  What can you do to start pursuing your own life purpose in order to become the best version of you?  How would your life change if you began to celebrate and applaud the success and uniqueness of others?

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*Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.

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