Comparison is the thief of joy…..
Can you relate? I need to be reminded of this daily and today is one of those days.
I struggle with comparison and to be frank, it is one of the reasons I started this blog. In the art world, or any world for that matter, we as human beings compare ourselves to everyone around us. We are taught as children to be the best we can be. We model ourselves by watching and emulating our parents or other adults. Unfortunately, we are bombarded with media and other outside influences. Somewhere along the way we learned that we weren’t good enough or that somebody else was always going to be better! The problem comes to light when we use these comparisons for our self worth.I need to be reminded of this daily and today is one of those days. Click To Tweet
I met someone the other day who wanted to know if I was an artist. I responded, “No, I don’t label myself as an artist.” We talked some about what kind of art we do and then compared photos of our work.
My artwork is very simple, hers was amazingly beautiful and complex. I immediately felt so inadequate. Comparison sucked the joy right out of me at that moment! I spent the rest of the day doing some serious soul searching and seeking God for an answer to this problem of mine.
My devotion this morning led me to 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (ESV) and Galatians 3: 26-28, “for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is nether Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.“(ESV)
I will keep that in the forefront of my mind, to emulate Jesus and learn from Him. Not to compare myself to others but to get my self worth from Jesus alone. We all have different and unique gifts given to us and Jesus loves each and every one of us the same. Galatians tells us that we are all one in Christ Jesus. That knowledge puts it in perspective for me.
I hope this blog will be an encouragement for you and not a place for comparison. We are all uniquely gifted by God in every part of our lives. Celebrate what you see around you and don’t compare yourselves to others in any way! Start by complimenting someone on their creative effort and ask them about it. What did they learn or what would they like to share about it. You will be amazed at what you will learn!