Perfection, power and presence: Six reminders in a world of comparison / by Jasmine Tate

In today’s digital age of sharing you’ve likely heard, read or engaged in what Theodore Roosevelt described as "the thief of joy," comparison. Now more than ever there is more access to people’s lives, information and accomplishments making it challenging to avoid comparisons.

The Bible tells us in Galatians 6:4-5 that “each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others.”

In a world where it seems impossible to refrain from such thoughts and actions, here are six things to remember about yourself and our God.

1. The power of Christ

“In the world, you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

2. Your power in Christ

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

Galatians 2:20

3. The Past

“Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Psalm 30:5

4. Your Future

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime…”

Psalm 30:5

5. Your inability to be perfect

“For we all stumble in many ways.”

James 3:2

6. The power and capacity of Christ in you

“Do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?”

2 Corinthians 13:5

“The man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”    

2 Timothy 3:17


How are comparisons hindering or helping you pursue and achieve your dreams and goals? What scriptures, affirmations or reminders offer support?

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Jasmine C. Tate