Thief of Joy

“Don’t look to the left to comparison or to the right to competition, look straight ahead to Jesus.” Gail Ficken

2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”Comparison

We need to refrain from comparing ourselves to anyone else because God doesn’t want us to be frustrated and feel unworthy of the lives entrusted to our care.

Comparing our lives with others is unfair-to them and to us. It’s unfair to them because if we become jealous of what they have, what they know, how they look, etc., we start to resent them. Then we can no longer appreciate them as the wonderful person God made them to be.

It’s unfair to us because it limits God’s plan for our lives. Comparison says to God, ‘I want to limit Your work in my life to this and nothing else. I just want to be like this other person.’

But God has an individual plan for each of us. His plan for you is greater than you could possibly imagine. Rejoice in God’s plans for others so you can rejoice in God’s plan He for you!

CompetitionWe find our joy not in winning or losing to others, but rather in the ultimate victory of our Savior Jesus! In Jesus, we find our fulfillment, our purpose, and our joy!

Our worth comes from the God who made us and saves us! Our value rests in the name of Jesus who gives us his victory!   My need to find worth by comparison with others melts away when I have all I need for eternity in Jesus!

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

4 thoughts on “Thief of Joy

  1. Pastor Michael and my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, this is my motto: Joy in life is a gift to treasure given to me as a designer original by my Heavenly Father. My joy and smile are from and for the glory of the Lord

  2. and how much joy we have when we are the person God created us to be, doing the good works He has prepared for us to do. great blog

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