2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
Each teacher or staff member has unique gifts and callings. Together as a team, you are equipped to glorify God and accomplish His work for the year. Satan’s tactic is to destroy your team through jealousy, competition, and/or comparison.
Comparison is a black hole-- a spiral leading downward toward bitterness and defeat. When I compare my strengths to someone's weaknesses, I become proud and arrogant. Pride goes before destruction… (Proverbs 16:18). When I compare my weaknesses to someone's strengths, I feel defeated and hopeless. If I compare my strengths to someone's strengths then I am in competition with them and unable to love them as myself. If I compare how much work I do with what they are doing, I often become offended and lose my zeal for the task. When I compare my righteous acts with the acts of others, I again become either proud or defeated.
God has called each of us to a particular task or ministry for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). We will live fulfilled lives if we serve God by "running the race" set before us--not "looking to the things behind us" or to the runners beside us--but by "pressing toward the mark" of pleasing God and excelling only for His pleasure and approval (Philippians 3:13-14). Only God knows his complete purpose and plan for today. Follow Christ and He will provide the affirmation you are seeking.
Dear God, Comparison is such a natural response to things that happen. Give me the wisdom to acknowledge my participation in this deadly cycle and the courage to turn from comparison and unhealthy competition with my fellowman. Restore the joy of serving to me as I release bitterness or defeat that has come from judgment and comparison.
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