In moments of frustration, we often compare ourselves to others. We look at the successes of others, what they are doing, and what they have, which cause us to feel a sense of lack in our own. This is a defeating and oppressive perspective.
Comparing yourself to others is nothing more than an oppressor in your life. Oppressors are not only people but are also those things that hold us back. Feelings of anxieties, or feelings of not being worthy cause us to retreat. But it’s our comparing ourselves to others and the fear of failure that traps us and renders us immobile.
I have fallen prey to the same oppressors, but you can overcome them with two simple steps.
- First, stop looking at success from the world’s perception; learn to view it from Gods perspective.
- Second, pray the same prayer David prayed.
“Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.” Psalms 27:11 NIV
In this psalm, David was praying about the men who were attacking him. It was both someone and something. An Oppressor! It rendered him immobile and prevented him from accomplishing God’s will. In short preventing the assignment God had for David. You likewise have a specific assignment only “you” can do. If you let Him, God is willing and waiting to fulfill that assignment through you. You’re entitled to the same confidence as King David. Whether in a time of trouble, or moments of frustration, God will keep you safe in his dwelling place. Embrace that intimate zone with Him.
Give God something to work with, not that He needs it, but let Him know you haven’t given up on yourself.
God is always present. He knows who you are and where you are every second of the day. His eyes are on you; He hides you in the shelter for his arms. He protects you in the tabernacle of His heart and does set you high upon a rock away from dangers seen and unseen.
I encourage you not to compare yourself to others but do what you know to do. Whatever that talent or gift you have, use it, and watch God move on your behalf.
Being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you is faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NKJV.