I have been guilty of comparing myself to others. At times, I’ve thought to myself that I can preach better than he did; at other times I wished I could communicate like he did. I’ve wished that I was fit and trim, and I’ve thought that I’m glad my gut doesn’t look like his. There have been those moments when I wished I was as successful as he was; and I am grateful that my life isn’t like that other guy I just met. I have been comparing my life to others for a long time. A few months ago God challenged me to stop it.

I suspect if you’re normal you compare yourself to others at times as well. It’s natural for us to do that. When we see someone who seems to have it made, a little voice says, “I want what he has.” That is nothing more than envy and coveting. That’s not godly. On the other side of things, we elevate ourselves over others when we compare our lives to those who are worse off than we are. It’s as if we are saying, “Thank God that’s not me!”

If you and I were to plunge a little deeper into this whole comparing issue, we are discounting (and maybe) God’s goodness and ignoring His blessings when we compare ourselves to others. We fail to recognize that God uniquely created us, gifted us, and placed us in a place to serve Him.

Paul wrote, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT). Embrace your life! All of it. And when you feel the urge to compare yourself to others, learn how to be content with what God has given you (see Philippians 4:11).