They say Comparison is the theft of joy. Some days, Comparison sneaks off from my heart with its greedy pockets full of joy.
It’s very difficult not to compare myself with other people, scheming ways I could be “more” or “less” or altogether different. What a terrible past time! I always end up feeling worthless or proud…neither of which holds one ounce of joy.
Over the past year, I’ve been asking God to help me resist comparison, envy, and discontentment. I’m amazed by the way He has helped me with this problem. This week, the two things that have bolstered my spirit are:
- Psalm 16:5, a powerful prayer: “The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” I pray this through the day when I find myself daydreaming about a life or a calling that is not mine. It’s no accident that this “comparison antidote” flows into this conclusion: You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Though Comparison may steal joy, God gives it.
- My friend Heather’s newly released book, Seated with Christ.
This book took my breath away as it reminded me that “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Being seated with Christ changes everything.
As I’m reading this gem, I’m mulling over Heather’s challenge, “What does a woman’s life look like if she is already seated with Christ at the best table in the world?” I can tell you one thing: she does not compare herself to other people or stew with envy. Joy is all hers because she is with Christ Jesus.