Comparison

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

With VERY rare exception, you can find someone somewhere better off or worse off than you. And even if/when you find them, you may find your heart going places you never expected.

Pride…Discontentment…Envy…Contempt.comparison-thief of joy

Comparison ultimately takes us one of two places … Pride or Despair. Comparison is rooted in some sense of entitlement, an expectation of what we do think we deserve (prosperity) or what we think we don’t deserve (pain). It’s easy to assume if we have what we want, we ought to; and if we don’t,  we should.

The contrast of comparison is contentment. Contentment doesn’t prohibit desire, it simply represents humble gratitude for what one has. It assumes that God is the giver of all good things (James 1:17), and that He will always give us what we need to do what He has called us to do (Phil 4:19).

The greatest cure I know for comparison is this … “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thes 5:18, ESV).

What most helps you have an attitude of gratitude?

 

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