Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and he was right. Let’s consider the following two questions.
1. Do you compare yourself pridefully to others?
When you scroll through your feeds, do you ever think, “I am such a better _____ than they are?” The blank could be filled with many things, including, mother, father, sister, brother, boyfriend, girlfriend, teacher, professional, cook, etc.
Even though people may post the good, bad, and dramatic aspects of their lives, it should not lead us to assume we are better than them. As Romans 12:3 states, “ For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
Sometimes, we get a false sense of joy when we are prideful. Our joy is coming at someone else’s expense, and that is not genuine.
2. Do you compare yourself negatively to others?
What about the opposite? Do you scroll through social media and think, “They are so much __________ than me.” The blank here is just as endless: someone could be prettier, smarter, more successful, better at sports, more talented, etc.
God uniquely fashioned each one of us. Negatively comparing yourself to another person truly is a thief of joy. If you find yourself doing this and being less joyful, then trade the time scrolling for using the gifts God has given you. Stop wishing you were more like someone else.
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