Comparison is a Thief

Comparison is the thief of joy.
-Theodore Roosevelt

A sweet friend from church gave me this shirt last weekend. ❤️ I think everyone knows I am a little obsessed with tees…and coffee cups. ☕

What she probably didn’t know was that I absolutely love that quote. I used to not. I am very prideful and competitive. Imagine that. My favorite sentence when I was two was “I do it myself.”
So, when I first heard this quote, I balked at the thought. I thought that comparison is the natural way to determine the best. It is also a great motivator to do better.

BUT.

It can also create bitterness. Envy. Strife. Resentment. Ungratefulness.
All of the opposites of what we are actually supposed to think on.
All the opposites of the fruit of the spirit. Because I will always find someone that is so much better than I am. In every way.

Suzy Homemaker has her house clean while baking cookies.
Marathon Meg can run a 6 minute mile.
Boss Babe Brittany has a thousand people on her team.
I can never compare.

But, something that God has been convicting me about: I am not doing things for the world. I am not doing things to impress anyone. My focus is on Him alone. And we already know that “all fall short of the glory of God.” That’s why He sent His Son Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for us.

Instead of comparison to other people, I need to make sure I do all things to the glory of God.

Paul tells us to “let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

When I do all things with the purpose of glorifying and pleasing the Father, He gives me peace. He gives me joy. He gives me a thankful heart.

So, friend, I want to encourage you: don’t compare yourself and your deeds to others. Compare yourself and your actions to the Word of God. Let that be your litmus test. Are you doing everything to the Glory of God?

Published by Danielle Barker

Hi, I’m Danielle. Momma of five who survives every day with Jesus. I'm somewhere between a crunchy and silky mom. I love theology and relating it to motherhood. Coffee and running keep me sane. ♥️ Best advice? Make your home the place you want to be.

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