Why do we compare ourselves to others? Why does someone else’s success sometimes feel like our own failure? Why do we allow the devil to give us guidelines for our lives?
The enemy tells us that if get more then we will be more. He beckons to us with his lies. Our ego wants to impress others. It wants to stand out and to be something praiseworthy in this world. That’s why we feel as if we need to chase perfection. Our heart, on the other hand, tells us to chase a perfect God.
Instead of trying to draw attention to ourselves with our so-called perfect lives, we need to be living in a way that puts the spotlight on our perfect God. We don’t need a perfect home. We just need to make sure God is in our home and that love dwells inside. We don’t need to try to raise perfect children. We just need to take them to church and to teach them about our Lord. And to love them unconditionally.
When we focus on the things that are truly important, then we realize most of the things we fret over are not even important. We give power to things that are harmful to us. When we live our lives based on vanity, then we feel inferior or superior to other people. Neither feeling is helpful to us.
The best thing we can do is to take our need for perfection and surrender it to God. When we can humbly lay all of our faults and failures at His feet, then He will help us to live our best life. In God’s eyes, we are all the same. He loves all unconditionally. Our worth is in Him.
It’s when we try to separate ourselves from each other that we experience pain. We are all one body. No one is more important than someone else. Regardless of fame or fortune or how good someone’s life seems.
At some point, we’ve all experienced failures and sadness, happiness and success. That’s what makes us human. If we see someone who is thriving in their life, then we need to rejoice with them. The same is true for someone who is hurting. We need to weep with those who weep. Lifting our brothers and sisters to God in prayer stops the need for comparison and opens the door for love.
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