Take a look at today's verse (we couldn't fit it all - definitely a good excuse for you to crack open your Bible, though... hint...). We human beings are all too quick to compare ourselves with others and think that we are not good/smart/good looking enough. But, can our comparisons go the other way? Is it sometimes a little too easy to be comfortable in our own skin?
Here it is: what about when we know we really excel in a particular area? When we know we've got a skill/ability/physical attribute that our friends/peers/colleagues don't have, it can get a bit too easy to be happy with ourselves. Today's verse, in Biblical context, was written in reference to those high up in society, and the (uber-celebrity) athletes of the time. They knew they were good at what they did, and pretty much nobody could touch them. Yet the writer Paul is using it to warn us not to assume that we're the standard to measure by.
So, how is it possible to really be good at something, but not compare yourself negatively with others who aren't so good? 2 Corinthians 10:17 says: 'Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.' Don't let your self-esteem hinge on that winning ability you have? Acknowledge that it's God-given. It's meant to build others up, not put them down.
So what now? It's good to acknowledge the positive areas in your life. Write down a list of your strengths. Now, thank God for them and ask Him to maximise them for His glory and for the benefit of others.
Soulfood : 1 Cor 15-16, Lk 24:36-44, Ps 60, Prov 25:21-22