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There Is No Win In Comparison

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From the first time we complain to Mom at the family dinner table that “it’s not fair” when our sister gets a bigger slice of dessert, we’re constantly looking to our left and to our right to see how we measure up to those around us. Sometimes we come up short—she’s skinnier, funnier, or smarter. Sometimes we come out on top—our house is bigger, fancier, cleaner. But this game of comparison is a game with no winners.

When we don’t measure up, envy and jealousy take root. Your kitchen was perfectly fine until you saw your friend’s newly renovated one.

When comparison ends up in our favor, pride and arrogance can trap us. She could lose the weight if she would just exercise like you do.

But ugliest of all, comparison can trick us into delighting in the misfortune of others. Have you ever been just a little bit happy to hear about a friend’s breakup? Or to see a colleague at work passed over for a promotion?

There is simply no win in comparison. It brings envy, jealousy, pride, and arrogance. It leads us to make unwise financial decisions just to keep up with those around us. It stains our friendships with gossip and striving. Let’s decide today to stop playing the game of comparison—it’s a game you simply can’t win.

TRY THIS: See how many times you can catch yourself in the comparison trap today—maybe with co-workers, in the carpool line, or on social media.

“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
‭‭James‬ ‭3:16‬

Devotional from YouVersion.
"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. " II Cor 10:12
"And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth." (Luke 12:13-15)

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