Whenever you pass your attractive neighbor, do you feel a twinge of insecurity because you think she’s more attractive than you are? After you get a promotion at work, are you smug to your coworkers? When you look at your friends on Facebook, do you feel jealous of them because you think their lives are much more exciting than yours?
If this sounds familiar, you’ve fallen into the comparison trap.We all struggle with this, so don’t be too hard on yourself. But comparing yourself to others is a trap that will only cause problems; it’ll make you feel either superior or inferior to someone else.
Galatians 6:4 even warns us not to compare ourselves to others when it says, “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”
It’s hard, though, to get out of the trap of comparing ourselves to other people. Because once we start, we find ourselves becoming more and more enslaved to negative thoughts. [Read more…]