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Comparison Trap

 

Let’s tackle a problem which plagues us throughout life.  

It’s called “Comparison”.

Most of us fall short when it comes to letting others be because of two strong and very human tendencies: we compare ourselves with others (which leads us to criticize or compete with them) and we attempt to control others (which results in our manipulating or intimidating them).

For some reason, which I cannot fully discern, we are uneasy with differences.  We prefer sameness, predictability, common interests.  If someone thinks differently or makes different choices than we do, prefers different entertainment, wears different clothing, has different tastes and opinions, or enjoys a different style of life, most people get nervous…

Who wrote the “let’s compare” rulebook?

Comparison fuels the fire of envy within people.  It prompts the tendency to judge…it makes us prejudiced people.  The worst part of all is that it nullifies grace.  It was alike or embrace identical lifestyles.  Look at the natural world that God created.  What variety!…

Before we will be able to demonstrate sufficient grace to let others be, we’ll have to get rid of this legalistic tendency to compare.  Legalism requires that we all be alike, unified in convictions and uniform in appearance, to which I say, “Let me have not part!”  Grace finds pleasure in differences, encourages individuality, smiles on variety, and leaves plenty of room for disagreement.  Remember, it releases others to lets them be, to which I say, “Let me in!”

In my business my mentor stresses us not to be “Typical” don’t do what others are doing (unless you are following a successful plan) but to step out and be your own person.

I challenge you today to be yourself, and let others be themselves.  

Don’t judge, just let grace do it’s work.

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