COMPARISON AND ENVY
Although this part of the campaign is to do with comparison and envy, want to rely heavily on comparison. Comparison can be defined as a likening or something or someone that you want to have or be like. Comparing someones ways to the way you are. Not being content with who you are, so then going by what you see others doing and having and wanting to be like that, whilst comparing what you can do, to be like them.
Comparison I always say is soo toxic and makes you want to be who you dont understand, but just based on what you see. In James 4 it speaks of jealousy, which when linked here one can say that you get jealous of another and then compare what they have to what you have and go as far as questioning yourself.
JAMES 4:1-3 'What is causing the quarrels and fights amongst you? Dont they come from evil desires at war within you? You want what you dont have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you cant get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.' CHECK YOUR HEART!!!!!!
Look at how the bible speaks about jealousy it shows you how toxic such ways can be and if not corrected can drive people to the extreme. Putting others and themselves in danger. I for one used to be hot on comparing to others. Whether it was our achievements, our relationships, hair, skin. You see social media if you are not disciplined and content within, you will be swayed by comparison left right and centre. Simply because you do not see or have an idea of what those people go through. People show you what they want you to see at the click of a button. And what is sad is that some make you feel beneath them, simply because their current season is good, but just as seasons change, our seasons too in our lives wont always be easy or great.
We need to remember that as believers life wont always be rosy as others seem to keep selling this lie. Yes there will be good days and bad days too but that shouldn't make you be content in comparing to others. Your level 1 may be someones level 5 so be very careful when you compare to what you have no complete understanding on.
I for one used to compare a lot because what I saw was not what I had or was enjoying. I would be in tough seasons and look at people on social media and begin to compare and question why things are the way they are for me, but always good for them. But God made me understand the danger of comparison not just that, but also asked a Q would I want to take on their sacrifices, or their trials and tribulations? From then on I began to become more content with my portion and what He had called me to do.
Dont let comparison rob you of your peace and joy, no two people are the same, neither do they do the same things, like the same things, look the same etc. As I always remind myself God is a God of diversity and originals, not counterfeits and copies. When you know this you will give God thanks always and not envy or compare to what you see out there. You dont know what others are doing to get what they have. So learn to focus on your path and do not be misled by emotions.
TIPS TO OVERCOME COMPARISON AND ENVY -
- BE OPEN AND HONEST TO YOURSELF ABOUT YOUR STRUGGLE
- PRAY OVER IT AND LET GOD WORK ON YOU
-UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO
-LEARN TO BE CONTENT IN WHO YOU ARE
- STUDY THE WORD ON THIS AREA
GOD BLESS YOU ALL