This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: 2 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV)
Today I am encouraging you to avoid the trap of comparing yourself to others.
Sometimes the first inclination to compare ourselves is when someone has just as much or more than we have, but they got it unfairly—or maybe they didn’t earn it. This reminds me of the parable about the workers in the vineyard.
One day, a master went into the marketplace and hired laborers to work in his vineyard. During those days, the workday was about twelve hours (from six in the morning to six at night), and a day’s wage was one denarius.
The first set of workers the master hired agreed to be paid one denarius for the day. However, he went back to the marketplace several times throughout the day, hiring more and more workers. In fact, the master even hired workers at five o’clock, the eleventh hour of a twelve-hour workday.
When those who started at six in the morning saw that those who started at five in the evening were being paid one denarius, they assumed they would be paid more. When they weren’t, they went away angry.
These workers could have been left in the marketplace with no work at all, yet they were chosen to work and were paid the salary they agreed to. However, they measured their worth in direct correlation to others and missed the opportunity to be grateful.
Quite honestly, I’ve had my own struggles with comparing myself to others. Tune in to the Blues to Blessings YouTube channel and see how I understand things better today. Before you do, remember these words: “…when they…compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 (ESV)
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So today, avoid that comparison trap.