Nov 28, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: Comparison is the thief of joy

And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 4:4

It can be dangerous to put up a single verse, I always worry that I am taking things out of context, but this one struck me. It left me asking, “What am I toiling for? What drives the achievements in my life? Is it envy?” 

I don’t want my work to be meaningless. I believe God has a bigger plan than that. The verse and these questions reminded me of a phrase that my wife shared with me:  

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” 

I believe that the Holy Spirit within a person could shift our focus. We could leave this spirit of comparison and envy. If we obeyed the greatest commandment, to love God first, His love in us would overflow to others.  

What drives you, comparison and envy, or the love of Christ?
What are you toiling for?
Is comparison stealing your joy?

The Challenge: Instead of comparing on a temporal level, take a step today to compete in sharing the love of Christ. Instead of holding your neighbors as the standard, let’s put Christ where he belongs and strive to honor him.
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