Today I’m back with another purpose-related topic, “The Root Cause of Comparison”. You will find this podcast categorized later under “Getting and Maintaining Focus”. In our search for purpose, we encounter numerous distractions. These distractions can be relationships or even our own insecurities. Comparison is one distraction that can detour us from purpose. At some point in our lives we have compared our looks, possessions, physical appearance, children, successes; not to mention our spiritual gifts and callings against that of others. I’ve engaged in comparison as it relates to my height. Those of you who know me, know that I am vertically challenged.
Regarding our God-given purpose, we engage in comparison and judge ourselves inadequate to carry out the call on our lives. While meditating on the concept of comparison, I needed to understand the root cause of comparison in order to effectively war against it with the Word.
In today’s podcast, I share two types of comparison though opposite in thought, share the same root cause, pride.
The danger with comparison is that we are not omniscient and we tend to measure ourselves against imperfect people using faulty data –data with missing variables which always lead to skewed results.
I pray that you are able to identify ways you have engaged in comparison and where comparing has deterred you from journey for purpose.
Highlights from Today’s Episode:
- The root cause of comparison is pride
- Comparison results in an over- or under-inflated view of self
- We use faulty data when we compare ourselves to others
- God alone is omniscient creator, we can trust his choice
- Genesis 1:27 – God created man in his own image…
- Genesis 1:31 – And God saw everything that he made, and behold, it was very good
- Psalms 139:14 – I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…
- Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you…
- 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are… a people for God’s own special possession (Gentiles too)
- Ephesians 1:3 …who has blessed us with every spiritual gift
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After you listen to the podcast, I would love to hear your thoughts on today’s podcast.
- With whom do you compare yourself?
- What are your thoughts about the two types comparison outlined in today’s podcast?
- How do you view comparison?