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Don’t Get Caught in the Trap of Comparison

Most of my life I’ve struggled with inferiority. I compared myself to other men and felt I didn’t measure up—either because of wealth, success, physique or athletic ability. Then when I began to do ministry I compared myself to other preachers. They seemed more popular. Their preaching seemed more anointed than mine. Comparison is depressing!

But God makes each of us unique, and I must accept who I am. Psalm 139:14 says: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I don’t have to preach like T.D. Jakes or Steven Furtick. God made me to be me! Paul said every Christian is uniquely gifted. He wrote: “If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body” (1 Cor. 12:15). Don’t covet other people’s gifts, and don’t belittle your own. Enjoy how God made you, and celebrate the gifts of others. Most of all, be obedient to use your gifts to advance God’s kingdom.

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