Comparison is the Thief of Joy Gold Foil Poster Print

When my son was about 1 I was part of an awesome preaching course our church ran.

The course taught us how to prepare and preach, but the most important lesson it taught me was to embrace who God had made me to be.

As classmates stood up and shared their messages it seemed like everyone was gifted to be deep and theological or teacherish with 5 points all beginning with the letter E… and then there was me.  I couldn’t speak with the same eloquence that they did.  I couldnt speak or read or think Greek.

I have my own voice and style.  I’m me.  I love Jesus with everything and in my *own way* I am deep and theological.  But I am probably more encouraging and dare I say it (because others have!) funny.  I use pop culture references and make strange noises.  I have used a Power Rangers segment to get a point across, and even *blush* a clip that had swearing in it (that I swear I didnt know about!)

I had to embrace that this was and is how God made me.

I had to quit comparing myself to others because this is who I am and what I bring is what God wants to say through my expression.  Comparison is a brutal attack on one’s self worth… and more importantly on God’s creativeness in creating me.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Everyone has their place and their role.  If we get stuck in a comparison trap then we put a guard up and restrict what God can do to and through us. We put walls up.  We devalue ourselves and our Creator. When we’re comparing ourselves with others we’re attributing value to their offerings and talents, and dismissing the value in who we are and what we offer.

We need to refrain from comparing ourselves to anyone else because God doesn’t want us to be frustrated and feel unworthy of the blessings He desires to give us.

Comparing our lives with other people’s lives is unfair, to them and to us. It’s unfair to them because if we become jealous of what they have, what they know, how they look, etc., we start to resent them. Then we can no longer appreciate them as the wonderful person God made them to be.

It’s unfair to us because it limits God’s plan for our lives. Comparison says to God, ‘I want to limit Your work in my life to this and nothing else. I just want to be like this other person.’

But God has an individual plan for each of us. His plan for you is greater than you could possibly imagine. Stop looking at His plans for others so you can walk in the plans He has for you and receive the blessings they bring.  

by Joyce Meyer Youversion Devotional