4 Ways That Comparison Sabotages Your Future

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Blog

Of all the things that can hold us back from living into our purpose, comparison is at the top of the list. The Bible provides insights into how comparison can negatively impact us and our relationship with God:

  1. Discontentment: When you constantly compare yourself to others, it can lead to feelings of inadequacy and discontentment with your own life. Instead of being grateful for what God has given you, you may become envious of what others have, which can hinder your ability to fully appreciate and steward the blessings in your own life. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”
  2. Loss of Focus: Comparison can distract you from God’s unique plan and purpose for your life. Instead of focusing on God’s calling and the path He has set before you, you may become preoccupied with trying to measure up to others or emulate their achievements. This can lead to a loss of direction and a failure to pursue the specific calling God has for you. Proverbs 4:25-27 advises, “Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
  3. Jealousy and Conflict: Comparison often breeds jealousy and can lead to unhealthy competition and conflict with others. Instead of celebrating the successes of others, you may feel threatened or resentful, which can damage relationships and hinder unity with others around you. James 3:16 warns, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
  4. Identity Crisis: Constant comparison can erode your sense of identity and diminish your self-worth. Instead of recognizing your inherent value as a child of God, you may define yourself based on external measures such as achievements, possessions, or social status. This can lead to feelings of insecurity and a lack of fulfillment. Psalm 139:14 reminds us, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Ultimately, comparison undermines your ability to trust in God’s sovereignty and provision for your life. Instead of seeking validation from others or measuring yourself against worldly standards, the Bible encourages you to find your identity and worth in Christ and to trust in His plans and purposes for you. Romans 12:2 exhorts, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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Obstacles we’ve encountered or lies we’ve believed hold us back, and we hesitate. An opportunity slips by, another regret added to the pile. But what if we were Made for More than to play it safe. We feel it in our bones—a call to something better. What if we were made to live?