Ever found yourself not attempting to do something because others do it better?
Why try to host a dinner party when your hospitality gifting pales in comparison to your friends?
Why try a new discipline (consistent bible study, exercise regime, child-rearing practice, etc.) when your attempts will look NOTHING like the successes you’ve seen on your social-media feed?
Why try starting a blog (or writing a book or even writing in your journal) when your writing is nowhere near the caliber of others?
Because God doesn’t call us to comparative excellence but personal success.
Have you ever noticed that God doesn’t play by the comparison rules we do? I don’t see in Scripture where He commands us to be in the top 10%. He reminds us to be faithful to His calling of us and to be satisfied with His accolades.
What if you dropped the comparison perspective and purpose to do it God’s way?
Host the dinner party. Maybe it’s not for your friends, but for neighbors or college students or a few acquaintances at church who are longing for some fellowship. Will they really be dismayed by your lack of color-coordinated dinnerware? (Is God assessing your culinary skills to see if they measure up?)
Try the new discipline. It may precipitate a change that will encourage you like no other.
Write or read or bike or teach or start the new business or foster the child or take the volunteer position or whatever… Just do it. If you feel a calling, don’t heed the voice of recrimination but listen to the clear call of your Creator:
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23, ESV).
I bless you to experience the freedom of breaking free from the comparison straitjacket and doing it all robustly, heartily, for the Lord!