Do you know what one of the biggest thief of our joy and happiness is? COMPARISON. It can rob you of your true potential in an instant.
I have been trying to write this blog for months! This is something that I have felt strongly about for so long, I just couldn't find the right words. On my birthday we were in church and it felt like the pastor was speaking directly to me. Some of what I am going to talk about is from Pastor Sten's sermon at MidCurrent Church.
All my life I have wanted things. It's only natural, right? I want a better car, a big boat, a newer and better house. Whatever it is that you want, it's normal and natural. We all want to have things that we perceive will make us happy, liked more, or be seen in a culture where material possession is a symbol of "making it".
Comparison is a trap. It leads to pride and/or envy. Pride makes us think we are better than others. Envy makes us want what others have. Neither serves us. No one has the same desire, resources, wants or even needs. We are all different. Sometimes we get so caught up in titles or perception we can't see the forest for the trees. Stay strong on your own path. Do what makes you happy and where you are being led, not where others are leading you.
I think we all have been envious of a friend's purse, set of golf clubs, car, house or whatever. It's human nature to want things. Especially when they are "cool" or we cannot afford them. Something to think about... That person who has whatever we are envious about, think about what they had to do to get it. Think about the time, the money spent or the debt incurred to achieve that "success".
In being human, we compare ourselves to others. She has better hair, he has a bigger pay check, she is a doctor, he is an electrician. Comparison is a great way to breed unhappiness and snuff out your spark. We all have things we are good at. We all have things we are not so good at and need to work on. Why must we compare ourselves to others? We can only control one person in this world. That is