The deadly cancer of comparison

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Do you ever find yourself wishing you were someone else?

You know, someone more beautiful, or richer, or famous?

The late president, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

We have a problem in our world of not being content with who we are and instead we chase after others, hoping to be like them.

I am not at all talking about aspiring to follow the good example of others, or to take admirable traits in others and apply them to our own lives.

Rather, I am talking about not being content with how God made us and wishing we had someone else’s wonderful life to live instead of our own.

God, however, made each of us unique – no carbon copies!

The Lord told Jeremiah something astounding in Jeremiah 1:5 when He said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart…”

I struggled for many of my growing up years following my older brother in school, who was one grade ahead of me.

His grades were always better, and I never did measure up to his achievements.

This many years later, though, I have changed my perspective on this and just thank God for how He made me.

My brother actually never lorded it over me but still it was something I had in my own mind.

Maybe the wise counsel of writer John Mason is something we should all consider, when he said, “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.”

Well said, John, very well said!

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