'They...compare themselves with themselves.' 2 Corinthians 10:12 NIV
Remember that kid in your nursery class, you know, the one with cool light–up trainers that made your regular off–white sneakers feel really rubbish? No?
Just like that, chances are, in a few years you won’t remember measuring yourself against someone else’s standards. So why bother now? You might want what those around you seem to have, but honestly, you’ll have forgotten about it not too far down the track.
And, as for now, God gives you exactly what you need. Let’s say that again. God gives you exactly what you need. So, the guy next to you has something that looks really flashy right now (especially when they stamp their feet?) That’s a part of their plan. God’s taking care of your plan, and He’s asking you to work with Him to be all that you are made to be. And, believe it or not, He’ll give you the right tools to get there (He’s amazing like that!) Whatever you don’t have is as much a part of the plan as what you do have. And yes, that can be horribly, horribly disappointing sometimes. Especially when everyone else seems to have everything sorted. But, not getting those grades/that job/the girl may have been the first step towards a bigger and better plan.
Pray for God’s view of your situation, and ask for His help in seeing it His way. Cross out (with a pen, or, if you’re reading this on a screen, with your fingers…) the first NO COMPARE in the title when you’ve prayed it through. Repeat for the other two.
SoulFood: Job 11-14, Lk 1:57-66, Ps 67, Ecc 9:10-12
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