There’s nothing wrong with pursuing success, or the power to influence society and the world around us. But it’s wrong to pursue success in a way which cuts yourself off from yourself or in a way which isolates you from other people because you view them simply as obstacles and competitors.When we compare ourselves to others, we only diminish ourselves and our own possibilities. We can instead focus on own unique and beautiful selves, and we can revel in the fabric of our shared humanity.
Life is not a competition. Don’t compare yourself to others. Other people are not our standard. Your journey is different from mine, and our journeys are different from that of any other person. It’s all too easy to spend much of our time keeping track of what other people are up to and finding ourselves wanting. Failing, even. Stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, begin to discover what’s truly important to you. You have more time and energy to devote to your own creative journey, feel FAR better about yourself, be able to be inspired by others’ work rather than dragged down by it.
One of the dangers of comparing ourselves with others is that it can lead to jealousy and envy- two negative attitudes that are detestable in God‘s sight. Scripture says: ” Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other or trying to be something we aren’t. Romans 12:6 If we will concentrate on becoming who God created us to be, instead of who we think we ought to be or who someone else wants us to be, we will experience a sense of peace and security that will enable us to resist focusing on what those around us are doing.
You are unique! God is fitting you for a purpose like no one else’s. Cooperate with Him and His plans for you, and you can rightfully declare as King David did. ” The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me” Psalm 138:8
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