Thursday, July 10, 2014

Living A Life of Comparison

Do you ever have the feeling like time is at a standstill, or like you're stuck in the midst of an uneventful life that looks like it's got no real direction? Like everybody else's life is racing past you, and you're living but seeming to go nowhere? I've been there countless times, and it's a really tough place to be.

If you've felt this way, then undoubtedly you've run smack into the brick wall of COMPARISON. You look at other peoples' lives and are sure they've got it more together than you and are moving on up the ladder as far as living the productive life; and you feel like you're at the bottom looking up. The grass is forever greener on the other side, so it seems. So then starts the endless game of trying to live your life to impress other people, or trying to convince yourself that you have a life just as successful and productive as everybody else's.

That is an endless track that will keep you running in circles until your head spins and you finally just give up. But why do we start running on that track in the first place? Who said your life isn't successful? Who said you need to mimick other peoples' lives to be happy? The father of lies, Satan, told you those things. He wants you to think your life is horrible, rotten and uninteresting. He wants you to follow the crowd and pursue worldly things as a means to make your life "better" and "happier". But in the end, it leaves you feeling worse and like you'll never measure up.



The enemy would like to keep us in that cycle for as long as he can, but take heart: those are LIES, and as followers of Christ, we do not take our cues from Satan. We are called to listen to God and what He calls us to do and instructs us to do in His Word. In fact, there are many verses in the Bible that have to do with being content with your life. Here are a few:

" Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule for all the churches."  -1 Corinthians 1:17

" And he said to them, ' Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.' " -Luke 12:15

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."  -Matthew 6:33

So, as you can see from these verses, God has called us to guard ourselves against greed, and to be concerned with living the life that's ours. He also said that He rewards those who seek His kingdom and His righteousness above all things. So, if we're busy actually obeying and living out these verses, we won't have time to be worrying about if our life measures up or looks as good as someone else's.

Stop trying to make your life look like something it's not. Your life is special, important and meaningful simply because God gave it to you. God gave you YOUR life, so live it, and live it for Him!!! :-)