The Competition

Written in 2012

Everyone has a different calling on their life and a different way to get there. I’m not sure about you, but I am constantly comparing myself to others I admire. Even though I know my calling, I research people who have some sort of the same dream. How did this person get to where they are? How long did it take them? Should it take that long for me? We need to stop comparing ourselves!

Galatians 6:4-5 says, “Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.”

God doesn’t compare us to our neighbors, so neither should we. In the end, each person will be judged for HIS or HER own work. He’s not going to line us up and say, “Okay _______ you didn’t follow me like Kari did. Your worship to me wasn’t as heartfelt as Brooke’s.” No! He is going to award us according to what WE did. Not to what others did.

When I was a senior in high school, I always compared myself to one of my friends. God blessed her with the ability to communicate EXTREMELY well with others. She was well liked by everyone in our class. I would always compare my life to hers. Did I have as many friends as her? What was she doing to get so many friends? Why did people like her so much? It was exhausting trying to evaluate her life all the time. One night, at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting, we were passing on words of encouragement to leaders in the group. She told me something along these lines, “Your life seems so perfect. You put all of us to shame. I feel so lazy compared to you.” I was shocked! Here I am comparing myself to her when she was comparing herself to me. It just goes to show you that nobody, and I mean nobody, has got life all figured out. God might have gifted someone with the ability to sing, to communicate well, to play an instrument like Mumford & Sons…but that doesn’t mean he didn’t give YOU something special. Just keep doing what God has told you to do. Don’t compare yourself to others because each person’s God-given purpose is different.

At a Hillsong Conference I attended in 2010, one of the pastors said something that inspired me. He said, “Do what comes easily to you and don’t compare yourselves to others. Often, what we admire in others is what comes easily to them.” If you constantly try to make yourself have a talent God didn’t give you, you will always be “okay.” But, if you focus on what God did give you, you can truly do something extraordinary…and THAT is worth admiring.

What do you think?