Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Galatians 6:4 NLT
This verse can apply to our work and other areas of our lives that we compare. Comparison is a trap of pride we often willingly walk into because we take our eyes off of Christ and focus on the “success” of other people. When we look at other peoples work, home, belongings, or bodies it keeps us from experiencing happiness with the gifts God gave us.
Our problem comes when we compare ourselves amongst ourselves. There is something that God has uniquely crafted you to do that no one else can do. What stands out in this world is authenticity.
Even when I go shopping, I’m looking for something that doesn’t look like anything I already have or what other people are wearing. When God designed you, he created you to stand out. We’re so busy trying to replicate what somebody else is doing that we fail to maximize on what we are doing.
- When they are “zigging you should zag! Marty Numeir, a branding guru, suggests that in order for us to stand out in this marketplace clutter we need a unique approach to doing business. We have to find the “white noise” on the network of life and add a channel that no one has thought about creating. That’s your zag!
- Nobody can beat you being you! You just have to be comfortable in your own skin. Sometimes it’s not about knowing who you are called to be but more about who you are not called to be. Be okay with who and how God made you!
- You will never measure up looking down on yourself. Our problem is not thinking more highly of ourselves but thinking too low of ourselves. We look at people from a distance thinking they have it all together only to realize they are struggling too. Look up and live!
- Put your energy in building your brand and doing you! In the book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell says that in order to master anything you need to dedicate 10,000 hours to it. Whatever you want to be great at you have to put time into it.
Don’t let comparison rob you of the joy of God’s blessings. If you find yourself constantly comparing, refocus your thoughts on the positives of what you have.
Thank you for making me. I like me! I don’t need the validation of others when I know that my ways are pleasing to you. Who is man that you made us a little lower than the angels? The favor you’ve placed on my life is incredible. I’m determined today to spend more time living out the plans you have for my life and less time looking over the shoulder of someone who doesn’t have the same plans. Nothing compares to you!
In Jesus’ Name,