Have you ever had someone tell you that you’re not as good as someone else?
That’s a voice that many of us hear – sometimes from within, but sometimes from other people. The comparison game is one that is played everywhere, in every culture, in every community. How do you respond when someone plays it with you – when they tell you that you’re not as good as someone else – another teacher that they had, another pastor that they knew, another friend that they had?
How do you respond?
What do you say?
Do you get defensive? Do you react in hurt or in anger? Do you lash back?
Or do you get depressed, believing the words that are spoken to be true?
It’s easy to respond that way. I have. And I’ve wanted to even when I didn’t. But as a follower of Jesus, what should our response be?
Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Listen to the God who created you.
You were created by and serve an Audience of One.
His approval matters more than anyone else’s.
Don’t fall into the trap of trying to live up to the expectations of other people.
Don’t try to be “as good as” someone else.
Don’t let the words of others (or yourself) cause you to deny the person God has created you to be.
Remember that you are God’s child. Your responsibility and mine is to do what He’s asked you to do, in a way that honors Him, no matter what others say or think.
Know that He loves you, today, right now, just as you are, more than you can possibly imagine.