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Last night as I was running on the treadmill at the gym, I noticed all the women working out around me.
Some were working harder than others, pumping their arms and legs up and down on the elliptical behind me. A few were walking at a moderate pace on treadmills nearby. One woman was cycling pretty slowly behind me and to my right.
But on both sides of me, the women were booking it! My competitive nature wanted to know their speed and distance, and I was tempted to glance at their screens to find out: to see how fast I should be going, how far I needed to be running.
But I didn't.
Instead I began to wonder: "Why am I comparing myself to these women who I know nothing about? They may be life-long runners. They may be in training. Not to mention their personal lives and the trials they might be experiencing. I know nothing about them."
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And yet how often do we compare ourselves with other women? We want to have the most fashionable clothes, the biggest and most beautifully decorated homes, the most athletic children, the shiniest jewelry, the creme de la creme.
But in our quest to be the best, we will always fall short.
Remember how Peter questioned the risen Christ about John:
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
John 21:20-21Jesus had just asked Peter three times "Do you love me?" and poor Peter, as usual, didn't get it. He was worrying about someone else when he should've been worrying about himself.
I love how Jesus, in His perfect wisdom, responds:
22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
John 21:22 (emphasis mine)What matters isn't my pace or distance, it isn't how fashion-savvy you are, it certainly isn't how immaculate your house is or how athletic your kids are.
What matters is that we're each living out God's purpose in our own lives.
As I mentioned the other day, we all have a purpose. Instead of worrying about what someone else is doing, I need to concern myself with what God expects from me.
"You follow me!"
My prayer is that I will stop comparing and just be who God has called me to be.
Do you struggle with comparing?
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