Overcoming the Curse of Comparing


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Key Points

  • Where comparison begins, contentment ends.

... But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!
2 Corinthians 10:12 NLT

  • Comparing makes you feel either superior or inferior—neither honors God.

... the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. John 20:4 NIV

Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved ... Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” Jesus replied,“If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”
John 21:20-22 NLT

  • Who or what is going to define your worth?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. ...
Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

... So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. ...
1 Corinthians 9:24-26 NLT

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • If you could trade lives with any person, who would it be? Why them?
  • Be honest. When is the last time you compared your life to someone else’s? How’d that go?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.

  • Read 2 Corinthians 10:12. What or who do you most often measure yourself or your family against? What’s that doing for you?
  • Pastor Craig said, “Where comparison begins, contentment ends.” Why do you think it works this way?

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.

  • Pastor Craig said, “You can’t faithfully follow Jesus if you’re always comparing yourself to someone else.” Which comparisons do you struggle with most?
  • How do you currently define your worth?
  • If Jesus defines your worth, then who are you and what are you worth? If you completely adopted this mindset, what would change?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-26. What prize are you running to win? What purposeful steps will it take to get there?

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for selling You short by comparing our lives to others’. Holy Spirit, help us fully embrace the race You’ve already marked out for us. Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and show us how to run with purpose. Amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Describe in a sentence or two the race you need to win. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  • Write down and share your next purposeful step in one of these areas: family, finances, serving, health, work.
  • Start running to win with this Bible Plan: www.go2.lc/overcomer

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Overcoming the Curse of Comparing


Stare down your fears, shatter your insecurities. Shake off the apathy trying to hold you back. You’re not a prisoner—you’re an Overcomer.

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