The Thief of Joy
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:12-13 (NIV)
People constantly compare themselves to others. As a result, we spend too much time, money, and energy trying to manage our image. We wear “make-ups” to impress people because we’re terrified others will see the real person underneath. We don’t want anyone to know our weakness. Eventually, we may not even recognize our true selves.
Even the heights of beauty, fame, and wealth can’t fill the void of an empty heart. They might be music moguls, business tycoons, head-turning beauties, or brilliant scholars. Everyone looks at them and marvels. Even these people, though, realize they aren’t what they project to the outside world.
In a famous Vanity Fair article, Madonna confessed to the reporter, “My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that’s always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I’ve become Somebody, I still have to prove that Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will.”
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy”. The Bible goes further to call those who engage in comparison as unwise, in order words, foolish.
Psalm 16:11 reads “…In Your presence is fullness of joy;..
Why rob yourself of joy? Take your needs, cares, burdens unto God in prayer. Burst into singing, praises, and worship to Him. He created you and designed you for His pleasure. You are unique. Your only measure is to become like Christ. Your race is between you and your God ordained assignment.
Take your joy back! Refuse the enemies bait, banish comparison and competition.
Dear Heavenly Father, I confess and repent of every wrong attitude of comparison and competition. I cast all my burdens unto your care. I receive grace to run the race set before me with singleness of heart. Help me to stay in the sphere of service you have assigned me to with joy and thanksgiving in Jesus Name I pray. Amen.