Today we live in a world that loves to make comparisons.Â Our society is consumed by it, because its big business.Â Take for instance these themes from some of the most popular shows on television: â€œWho looked the best?â€ or â€œHow to dress like your favorite celebrity.â€ Magazine stands across the country are filled with articles dedicated to making comparisons and reminding you that you should do more so you can live and look like the â€œJoneses.â€
This type of thinking can be very dangerous to our spiritual growth.Â The Bible says, â€œWe 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 wiseâ€. Â Â Â (2 Corinthians 10:12)
If we always compare, we will never be content and thankful. Â Accept yourself for who you are, strengths and weaknesses alike.Â Â Â Knowing who you are in God is vital to your spiritual development.Â Stop comparing your possessions, appearance, performance, and circumstances to other people\’s lives, and start living the way God intended for you to live.
Take a moment to reflect on the comparisons you most often make.Â If you find that you are making unhealthy comparisons, follows these steps to becoming a more â€˜balancedâ€ and focused you:
1)Â Â BE THANKFUL FOR BEING DIFFERENT.
Psalms 139:14 – â€œI will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right wellâ€.
The next time you find yourself making comparisons, remind yourself that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.Â Let that sink in. You are one of a kind.
2)Â Â SEEK APPROVAL FROM GOD, NOT MAN.
2 Timothy 2:15 (esv) – â€œDo your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truthâ€.
Remind yourself often of all that you are in Christ Jesus and discover the freedom that comes without comparisons.
ABOUT “REAL TALK” & PASTOR TIM TIMBERLAKE
Tim Timberlake is a Christian, husband, Pastor, life coach, mentor, and blogger. He serves as the Co-Pastor of Christian Faith Center in Creedmoor, North Carolina alongside his mother Pastor Brenda Timberlake. Tim and his wife Talia are graduates of the Word of Faith Bible Training Center in Detroit, Michigan. He has a heart for helping people and a vision to make the name of Jesus famous. Everywhere he goes, he touches the hearts of people to give their lives to Jesus and reminds those who are already in Christ to confess, believe and act on the Word of God inÂ their daily lives.
Every month, Pastor Tim writes “Real Talk”, a column that allows readers to get content and information to propel there Spiritual life to the next level in a practical, applicable format. Readers gain an inside look into the lives of some great men and woman of God who are advancing the Kingdom and making a difference in their profession such as athletes, entertainers, and individuals in ministry from a personal down to earth perspective.