Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 20)
Include: Comparisons
Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following... Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, 'But Lord, what about this man?'

Jesus said to him, 'If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.'
John 21:20-22 (NKJV)
They, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NKJV)
Oh, what a parent trap we soon discover, when we compare one child to any other! Oh, what pitfall of despair turns hearts grim, when a young child hears, 'If you were more like him!'

In John 21, the resurrected Christ directed some hard-hitting Words to Peter. Then Peter asked Jesus about John's future. Why? Peter wanted to compare their two paths.

But Jesus rebuked him: 'What is that to you?' Because other people's paths aren't our business. Every man's journey is individual, uniquely-designed by his own Creator: to best prepare and polish God's future stars: for households, companies, film sets or stages.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: The only worthy comparison is comparing yourself to Jesus. I suggest you think of Him often, because reflecting upon Jesus can decrease your self-centered tarnish and increase your Savior-centered shine.

God says, 'Don't compare yourself with others' (Galatians 6:4). 'Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves' (Philippians 2:3).

For those 'Measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise' (2 Corinthians 10:12). Why?

Comparisons are Satan's delight. If he can make parents doubt their kids, rob young children of their confidence, turn God's performers green with envy, press them to feel they got a raw deal, convince them complaint is justified, send them back home in discouragement, or lure them his way through temptation, the thief has stolen great destinies.

Therefore, appreciate your blessings, celebrate your children's talents, and congratulate other winners.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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