Heading back to school can be all at once exciting, nerve wracking, stressful and disorienting. Add to that the curious state of our sense of self. Where do we fit in? Who are we becoming? What kind of person am I? Am I good? Am I bad?
With this new series we want to take some time to explore the dangerous game that these questions almost always drag us into: Comparison.
On a scale of one to ten, how do you measure up? Are you tall enough? Pretty enough? Smart enough? Funny enough? And on that scale, which number represents enough? Do you have to score a ten or will a solid seven do? How about a five? It’s better than average, right? Most of us measure how we’re doing by how everyone else is doing. Not a day goes by that we’re not tempted to glance to the left and to the right to see how we measure up to the people around us. This is especially true at school. We see everyone else’s grades, clothes, athletic ability, talent, and popularity. And it’s easy to feel like we don’t measure up. So we adjust course, try harder, spend more, and then compare again. It’s exhausting.
But what if we were able to stop this vicious cycle of constantly comparing ourselves? What if we started to feel rooted and grounded in who we are based on WHO made us? What if our security became anchored in our Creator, the One who knows us and loves us just as we are? And what if we started to realize that He has made us beyond comparison?
Join us on this 3-week journey as we explore the difficult—but not impossible—challenge of escaping The Comparison Trap.