"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life" (Galatians 6:4-5, MSG).
There is a sickness that lurks within us that just never goes away. No matter what we try to do, it creeps up again and again, time after time. The symptoms are easy to identify because we tend to find ourselves blaming others. The disease is called Comparison.
Why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to others?
Honestly, think about it. Why do you care? Who cares if someone is better than you at what you do? Is it because you want to be the best? For what?
Do you think becoming the best is going to give you any real value?
Some might say yes.
Do you think that even if you think you’ve become the best, that that means you’re the best? Maybe someone is still better than you; it’s just that you never met them yet? So then you just want to be the Best person who is most popularly known?
Do you see the cliff you are heading for? I love what Pastor Steven Furtick once said:
"The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else's highlight reel."
Now I am not saying don’t do your best at what you do. However, comparing yourself is an endless destructive cycle that will not satisfy in the end. It will only leave you in fear, and it’s because it starts with fear. You fear that you are less valuable because someone else out there is better than you.
Listen, instead of living in fear that you’re not the best, here is a news flash, you arn't. And guess what? That’s perfectly OK. You don't have to be. Paul tells the community of Jesus followers in Philippi "Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3).
It’s OK not to be the best, it doesn’t make you less valuable as a human being, and it doesn’t mean that someone else is more valuable than you are either. You need to learn to look up to God and realize that He has made you in his image, and put you here for His purpose, and be OK with the way He has made you. Be the best as Yourself. If you find someone is better than you at something, thank God for them. That’s the way He has made them. Paul tells the Church in Galatia "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" (Galatians 6:4, NLT).
If you want to be the best, don't compare yourself, just do what you do to your best ability.
Remember, it’s OK that others may be better than you, just remember there is someone else who is or will be better than them. Comparing ourselves to others is a vicious cycle that will spiral our lives out of control. If you focus on being who God has made you to be, you will have less time to compare yourself to others. I'll leave on a quote Oscar Wilde once said:
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."