If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load…” Gal 6: 3-5
i.e if you compare yourself to others around you, it’s so easy to deceive yourself. For example, “I am not as over-weight as she is, so I don’t need to exercise…”, or even the opposite “well, I am not as skinny as so and so, maybe I should work out harder and eat less”. Both extremes are awful because as long as you are comparing yourself to other people, you are decieving yourself.
We need to zoom in, focus and evaluate ourselves, as well as our actions ( + reactions) against ourselves (not using the people around us as the standard). That way we won’t deceive ourselves into being irresponsible. i.e As long as we use ourselves as the standard to measure what we do, we can take pride and feel good in ourselves without having to compare ourselves to anyone. Remember, – It’s very easy to ‘seem’ better (or not good enough) if we use others as comparison. But when we compare ourselves to the best version of ourselves, it’s so much harder because it means we have to take responsibility and work (i.e exercise, make conscious decisions to eat better etc). Even though the former might be easier ;( , don’t be tempted.
As the new year approaches, will you join me and carry your own load while I carry mine. Together, let’s look at our own potential, opportunities and strengths and how to use them, instead of taking our eyes off the load we are responsible for (by looking at others).
As long as we compare ourselves to others WE MAKE EXCUSES, but when we compare ourselves to ourselves WE MAKE PROGRESS.
Have a great week!