With the ability of having social media at our fingertips, it has opened the doors for us to constantly see what is happening in the lives of those around us. These are just a few thoughts that might cross my mind as soon as I hop on someone else’s blog, Instagram, or Pinterest –
I wish I could afford those clothes.
My blog will never be that popular
I wish I could write like that.
Why doesn’t my body look like that?
Well, I could look like that too, if I did not have this acne problem.
Gosh, I would love to be getting all that free PR stuff.
If I lived in the city my pictures could be so much better.
Why am I doing this, it isn’t going to reach anyone!
If only my house was bigger, I could do that….
Have you ever struggled with thoughts like that? All it takes is a view of something, and those thoughts come pouring in! Maybe you compare yourself to other mothers, or other ladies in your church… “why cant I sing like that? Truth is, if we truly allowed ourselves to think like that, there would always be other individuals that we could compare ourselves to.
Paul encourages us in Galatians 6:4-5, ” to take pride in ourselves, and not to compare our roles/calling to that of someone else (paraphrased)”. Thankfully God is working through us, by the work of His holy spirit to reveal to us His desire to use us. He has a specific role for us and He wants to use us for His glory, not our own. When we lose sight of the fact that everything we are doing is for the glory of God, then our flesh seeks others approval. Which then it gives birth to comparisonism.
But, once we can get to a place where we have submitted every thought, attitude, and action to the will of Christ, then we will be able to “carry our own load”. We are able to take joy, in the role and calling God has for us.
John The Baptist Sets the Example
In (John 3:25-30) an argument breaks out between John the baptist’s disciples, over ceremonial washing. They call out to John saying, “Rabbi, that man (Jesus), is baptizing and everyone is going to him.”
Remember now up to this point it had been John who was known for baptizing. John had a few options here, he could one, get angry, that “all” the people were going to Jesus. Two, he could get jealous and insecure, that Jesus was now more popular. Three, he could start comparing himself to Jesus. By that he’d start to distance himself and his ministry, due to lack of confidence in his calling.
But John does quite the opposite, he remembered why he was sent and what his calling was. He told his disciples (V29) “The joy is mine and it is now complete, He must become greater and I must become less.” Instead of John being filled with resentment towards Jesus he was filled with complete joy because he knew he was faithfully fulfilling his role! Because John chose to bring God’s name glory, he was able to sit in complete joy, that Jesus’ number of followers was increasing.
If we continue to answer to our flesh, and compare ourselves and our lives to others we will never know the full joy that God has planned for us. God has given us all a platform to bring his name glory, and no two people have the same calling! So take heart in the fact that God has a desire to use us, and do what Paul tells us in Galatians, take pride in your calling, and do not compare it to anyone else’s.