Have you ever found yourself caught in a trap of comparisons? The one that has you measuring yourself against everyone. If so, you know that it can be a complete battle field. Sometimes you leave feeling like a winner. Other times you feel so badly beaten that it may take weeks even months to recover.
Win or lose the battle, I want to pitch this idea: the comparison war is not worth fighting.
When we measure ourselves against others the system is flawed. There are too many variables to have a control. Often times we compare our strengths to another’s weakness and vice versa. It leaves us with a tipped scale. Sometimes we use it to our advantage. Other times we use it to torture ourselves. Either way this sort of comparison never shows the entire picture.
This quote sums up the “tipped scale” idea of comparison: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
If there is no comparison how will I chart growth? Great question. Glad you asked!
Seek personal growth initiatives. Do a self-evaluation rather than a self to peer comparison. Set personal goals and measure yourself against yourself. This gives you a controlled variable. The data is now reliable and true confidence can begin.
As you leave be encouraged by these words:
Your life work is important and it needs your whole attention. You are too precious to be side railed by inapt comparisons. Live your journey well and embolden others to live theirs. In this there will be fulfillment and unity which is a catalyst to many great works.
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. Galatians 6:4 NLT