We are all guilty of it.
We often catch ourselves observing the lives of others and secretly admiring them for what seems like perfection.
Someone’s job is more glamorous than your job,
Someone’s more spiritual than you,
Someone’s spouse works out more than your spouse,
Someone’s ministry is bigger than your ministry,
Someone’s boyfriend is above average romantic, (those jerks)
Someone’s lives in a better neighborhood, in a nicer house than you do,
Someone else has a better financial plan for the future.
Their life seems perfect.
(Am I the only one who thinks this way?…keep reading)
Then we look at our lives.
Not so glamorous huh?
Water heater broke,
Getting out of bed at 2 in the morning because you just remembered to take the trash out (don’t ask).
We often find ourselves comparing our lives to others, not realizing that when we compare ourselves to others we are falling into what Andy Stanly calls a “Comparison trap”.
Comparing ourselves with others robs us of our gratitude and our contentment.
“…But don’t compare yourself with others.” Galatians 6:4 (CEV)
Here’s a side thought: Whenever we compare ourselves with others we will always come up short.
Someone will always have more money than you,
Someone will always be more talented than you,
Someone will always be healthier than you.
Ask God to show you ways that you compare yourself to others. Confess your comparisons and ask God to re-direct your heart toward contentment and gratitude.