Galatians 6:4-6 (MSG) “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.”
I recently started a nutrition program and was encouraging one of the ladies that I coach. I wrote these words to her, “Your journey is your journey. Sometimes seeing other’s success can discourage you, but that is their journey, not mine. Stressing over numbers or comparing yourself to others will result in frustration and discouragement.” After reflecting on that advice for a few days I found myself thinking, man how true that is in our spiritual journey as well.
Sometimes we get discouraged by other’s successes, feel a twinge of jealousy instead of rejoicing with them. Satan loves to make us think, “Hey wait a minute, I could have done that, or I deserve that too.” But we must remember that that is their journey. God has made us each for our own purpose on earth. Comparing ourselves to others, whether to make us feel better about ourselves or when we feel like we don’t measure up, robs us of embracing who God created us to be and what he created us to do.
I find it hard sometimes when life isn’t turning out the way I think it should to not focus on what’s right or wrong in the lives of those around me. If only I had what they had, or think man they sure have it good. But then I remind myself, that is their journey. See, we don’t know the full story of what it took to get them to where they are; the heartaches, the sacrifices, the unseen worry or sleepless nights. God prepares us each for our own journey. He didn’t give me the DNA to handle what my neighbor is blessed with or what they might face. He made me to handle what he gives me.
We give Satan a victory when we choose to focus on other’s journeys and not concentrate on what God has for us. When we focus on God and make his will and his ways the main thing, our life will take the path it was meant to take. Others may not understand it and may even think you are crazy, but you know what, that’s okay….it’s not their journey, it’s yours!
Maybe you need to take some time and write out a few things you know that God wants you to do. Make a list so that when you start comparing yourself to others you have tangible goals or guidelines to help you stay focused on your calling and course.
Lord, help us to make you the main thing. When we see others around us succeed, help us to rejoice with them and continue our course, and not try to take theirs. We want to be who you want us to be and what you’ve called us to do. Help us navigate through this journey of life doing your will to the best of our ability. Amen