Should We Compare Ourselves to Others and Compete Against Them?

Should We Compare Ourselves to Others and Compete Against Them?

Compare and Compete?


Forget Your Failures and Know Your Value!



It’s typical to make comparisons in the world of sports, when competition is expected. It’s quite another to compare and compete against each other in day to day life.


So onto this today’s  inspirational thought…


“In Galatians 6:4, the apostle Paul exhorts you to grow in the Lord until you come to the point you can have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable in itself alone without resorting to boastful comparison with other people.

Thank God, once you know who you are in Christ, you are set free from the stress of comparison and competition. You know you have worth and value apart from your works and accomplishments. Therefore, you can do your best to glorify God, rather than just trying to be better than someone else.

What a glorious, wonderful freedom to be secure in Christ and not have to be controlled by strife, envy, or jealousy. You can be who God created you to be! He doesn’t make mistakes!”  

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”




My Reflections


I’ve never really enjoyed the competition/comparison “game” — I’m not a confrontational person to begin with, so competing with others doesn’t appeal to me. I also have never appreciated being compared to others, so I really TRY not to do that to anyone else, either. It’s nice to know my value as a person isn’t based on my accomplishments or lack thereof!



So What Are YOUR Thoughts?


Do you enjoy competition, or do you prefer to quietly move ahead at your own pace?


Do you believe your value is based on YOU, not on what you DO (or do NOT do)?







One thought on “Should We Compare Ourselves to Others and Compete Against Them?

  1. I go to a painting class, and we say our painters prayer before we start the class. Part of the prayer is “Acceptance of where we are as artists today.” To me, that means that I don’t need to compare myself to other artists. We are at different places as artists today. I only need to focus on my growth and on the gratitude that God has given me the gift of doing art and of loving art. Thank you for reminding me that comparisons to others are unnecessary and actually harmful.

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