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Just Be You

Lord, how can I stop comparing myself to others?

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. For you are responsible for your own conduct. I have given people different gifts for doing certain things well. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Do this by keeping your eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects your faith.

Galatians 6:4-5; Romans 12:6; Colossians 3:2; Hebrews 12:2

What is an example of unhealthy versus healthy comparison?

The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: “I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.” But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.”

Luke 18:11-13

What can I pray when I feel tempted to compare my life to someone else’s?

Let all that I am praise you, LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise your holy name. Let all that I am praise you, LORD; may I never forget the good things you do for me.

Psalm 103:1-2

When we look to others for who we should or shouldn’t be, it either leads to pride, as it did with the Pharisee, or it makes us feel inferior. We are meant to look to the Lord. Where do you feel most tempted to compare yourself to others? Write a list of the ways God has shown you his mercy, blessed you, and called you to be unique.

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In the Evening When I Rest
By Ronald A. Beers, Katherine J. Butler, Amy Mason

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