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'Don't compare yourself with others.' Galatians 6:4 CEV

'If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else' (Galatians 6:3-4 NIV).

Comparisons to others are never helpful. The original Greek word used here for 'someone else' is 'heteros', which at its basic level means 'something completely different'. So, when we compare ourselves to those around us, we are measuring ourselves against someone who's completely different to us, with a different purpose and design to ourselves. Whichever way that goes, it can't end in anything good. We either end up feeling superior or inferior and, either way, it results in a distorted view of ourselves. Allowing ourselves to be deceived like that gets in the way of examining our own thoughts and actions in a constructive way. If our eyes are always fixed on those around us, we'll never have a chance to turn that gaze inward and take stock of where we're at ourselves.

The best thing to do, then, is to commit to focusing on our own journey. We are becoming more like Jesus at our own pace, in our own way, and with our own plan tailor-made by him. Our time is best spent finding out more about that, by focusing on our own relationship with him.

So what now? Every time you notice something positive about someone today, tell them. Then, mentally find something positive about yourself and acknowledge it in your mind. Remember, no comparisons, only encouragement!

Soulfood: 2 Cor 5-8 Matt 25:14-21 Ps 78:65-72 Pro 20:26-30,

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