Sunny Sunday Again-Competition and Comparison vs. Promotion and Favor – April 19 Devotions
We had a beautiful, sunny Sunday again in Maine–and after our LONG winter, it’s such a welcome, refreshing change! This was another day of being mostly offline, enjoying the day, spending time with my hubby Dave, and getting some SEWING done. It’s nice to take a break from the routine of the week and NOT work on the weekends–one of those things I’ve been working on changing.
So onto Sunday’s belated devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings– and check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action.
“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”
“According to the world’s system, the best place to be is ahead of everyone else. Popular thinking would say that we should try to get to the top no matter who we have to hurt on the way up. But the Bible teaches that there is no such thing as real peace until we are delivered from the need to compete with others.
We often see competition get so out of balance that people end up arguing and hating one another rather than simply relaxing and having a good time together. When a person cannot enjoy a game unless he is winning, he definitely has a problem–possibly a deep-rooted one that is causing other problems in many areas of his life.
We should definitely do our best on the job; there is nothing wrong with wanting to do well and advance in our chosen professions. But I encourage you to remember that promotion for the believer comes from God and not from man. You and I don’t need to rely on worldly games to get ahead. God will give us favor with Him and with others if we will do things His way (see Proverbs 3:3-4).”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
-1- 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!
-2- And yeah, I’d much prefer promotion to come with doing a job well and receiving God’s divine favor, than to negatively impact someone else’s life scrambling to get ahead.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you enjoy competition, or do you prefer to quietly move ahead at your own pace, knowing your value is based on YOU, not what you DO?
Do you prefer peace over the drive to WIN at all costs? Have you experienced moments of God’s divine favor in any situation?