Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Gotcha's Demons: Comparison & Envy
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Galatians 6:4 (NLT)
But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)
Jealousy is like cancer to the bones.
Proverbs 14:30 (NLT)
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
James 3:16 (NIV)
Other than God, who could possibly count all of the contests and competitions in art, sports, games, beauty, science, business, academia and entertainment.
If comparison is the devil's game, then Satan's multiplied like it a plague. And for any of us who win something, our worldly place, pride and prospects grow, too.
I can't claim WINNING means nothing to me. I appreciate positive reviews on the Carey Lewis Devotions page. Maybe others will see it and join my group:/
But God has a different opinion: I shouldn't care and neither should you. Hmm. Maybe my repentance is in order.
Comparison's game partner is envy: an aggressive, do-what-it-takes demon. His aroma is dissatisfaction. Contestants who breathe his noxious odor turn into calculated complainers who seek what they covet at any cost.
1. Don't throw your heart into competitions.
2. Instead, work to be the best you can be.
3. Seek to please the only Judge that matters.
4. Lower yourself to uplift the needy.
5. If you win something, give God all glory.
## Gotcha's Demons: Comparison & Envy (Part 25)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.