2/17/12

comparison

so true.

When I saw this image on Pinterest I immediately thought of this verse:

When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12

I love that this is Biblical. Comparing yourself with others is only gonna get you places you don't need or want to be. God created us to be unique individuals with different life stories and situations. Why bother comparing? Now to remember this daily ...

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  1. You know, that really really cuts to the core of my being right now. I think God has definitely used you with this verse. Although, I think this verse was talking mainly about pride in comparing ourselves favorably to others, it can work the other way too.

    Fair warning, this is pretty deep, so if you really want you can skip over the large block between the lines.
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    Suffice to say work has been very trying and my boss told me(although he did acknowledge how new I am to everything, and I did ask for the advice on this) that they would like for me to be more productive. Now, there's a lot that goes with all this(projects I've been given not having a chance to succeed from the start[ie: not viable no matter who got them], getting the run around from people for information on everything[no joke], and other issues. Not that I haven't accomplished stuff, I have, it's just been mostly determining things won't be worth doing which doesn't really look like productivity, even if it has consumed time.
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    With that, I've been looking at that comparison from myself to other people who have more experience, and that is super destructive to that fragile male ego(and boy oh boy is doing well at work important to the male ego). It's put me in this almost(?) depressed state since starting the weekend, and I've been really wrestling with that.

    To sum up, life's got me down in several ways, and I've been struggling with understanding God's provision in it all. To that end I know it will get better, I have to get experience somehow, with which there will always be growing pains, and I know God has some end in mind with all this.

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    1. And that still never looks like that much in the text box.

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    2. Yeah totes I agree I think comparison leads one way or the other. If you're not feeding your pride you're probably putting yourself down (at least that's how my mind works). And I definitely feel you on getting down with work stuff. I will be praying for you! You are a hard worker and I hope they give you more opportunity to show them the quality work you can do. I'm glad you are trusting God in all of it, whether or not you understand it (at least that's what I got from the last paragraph). That's what gets us through the tough stuff =]

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    3. I think that's a good way to put it, if not one then the other. There's really not much in between. I think what's really striken me with it, is that it's the first time I've ever been told I don't "work hard enough"(although that's not the same thing as not accomplishing much to be fair). Thanks Suzie for the prayer! That is never a bad thing. Hope support raising is going well!

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