Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Get Over Comparing Yourself to Others

How many of us spend several minutes each day comparing ourselves to other people? How many of us have fallen into the trap of trying to twist our personality into being something that we're not? Did you know that not only is the "disease" of comparison foolish it is also sinful?

The symptoms that accompany this disease are an uneasiness in your spirit, feeling guilty about something but you're not sure what, knots in your stomach, discontent, and a general sense of despair. Maybe these feelings hit you only occasionally, or you may indeed find yourself continually consumed with comparing yourself to others and then not being satisfied with who you are.

David's Encouraging Example

There is a man in the Bible who knew that he had to be himself and not try to be someone else. I find his story a wonderful source of encouragement to me, and it helps to pull me out of that wrong thinking of comparing myself to others or trying to be like others. You'll find the story in 1 Samuel 17.

It's the story of David, the shepherd boy, who volunteered to go up against the giant, Goliath. Nobody else in the entire Israelite army had been willing to face this giant, even tthe most experienced fighters. They took one look at Goliath and the comparison convicned them it would be foolhardy to try to defeat such a large enemy.

David heard that Goliath was making threats against the Israelite army and he couldn't understand why no one had taken up Goliath's challenge. Now his brother Eliab became very angry with David's questions and he belittled and insulted him. David did not let his brother bother him- instead he volunteered to fight Goliath himself!

When King Saul heard about David's willingness to fight Goliath he tried to give David his own tunic, armor, and bronze helmet. David tried walking around with all the armor on, but because he wasn't used to them he could not do it. Instead  he said "'I cannot go in these', he said to Saul, 'because I am not used to them.' So he took them off." (1 Samuel 17:38-40) Instead, David used his own shepherd bag, five smooth stones and his own sling to defeat Goliath.

How did he do it? How did David defeat Goliath? By using his own slingshot. That's what he was good at; that's the gift God had given him and taught him to use. David was smart enough to relize that he would make a huge mistake to try to do what God wanted him to do in someone else's armor.

 How are you using your own unique gifts that God had given you? 

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