Don’t be focusing on
or comparing yourself
to anyone else.
Focusing on or comparing yourself to others distracts and can frustrate or can make you feel unworthy of the blessings God desires to give you. So refrain from comparing yourself to anyone else. We were each put on earth with a purpose defined by God. We aren’t supposed to be the same and so comparing ourselves with them is unfair to both us and them. It’s unfair to them because we can start having feelings or resentment towards them that they didn’t instigate or deserve because we start to be jealous of what they have, what they know, how they look, etc. When that happens we end up in a place where we can no longer appreciate them as the wonderful people God made them to be. It’s unfair to us because it limits God’s plan for our lives too. God has great plans for each of us and by comparing we are limiting ourselves to those specific areas and nothing else by wanting to be like that person rather than allowing God’s grace and mercy, wisdom and power, to flow into our lives and do even greater things. God’s Word tells us that in Proverbs 3:5
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
and in Ephesians 3:20
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
So we see that not only can He do more, but “infinitely more" than we can ask or imagine. We need to see beyond ourselves and focus on Him. So stop looking at and comparing what His plan for others is and focus on Him and what His plans for you are so that you can receive the blessings they bring.
— Notes from today’s devotional —
God Has a Great Plan Just for You!
4 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.
Prayer Starter: (from today’s devotional)
Holy Spirit, help me to examine my heart honestly and expose any jealousy, resentment or frustration in me that has developed from comparing myself to others. I want to be all that You want me to be and live the life You have for me.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. I praise You Lord that You have great and mighty plans for me and that in and through You all things are possible. Grant me wisdom Lord this day to do what You are calling me to do and to accomplish what You are asking of me. Lord, grant me vision for where I am to go and who I am to bring. Lord, grant me strength to persevere and to press in to all that You have for me to do. Continue Lord I pray to draw my focus and attention to You so that in all I think, say, and do, that You will receive all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Lord says this to me: “When a lion or a lion’s cub kills an animal to eat, it stands over the dead animal and roars. A band of shepherds may be assembled against it, but the lion will not be afraid of their yelling or upset by their noise. So the Lord All-Powerful will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill. The Lord All-Powerful will defend Jerusalem like birds flying over their nests. He will defend and save it; he will ‘pass over’ and save Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 31:4-5 (NCV)
God is our protector who is able to tame fear, trust and depend upon Him alone.