Deep down, we know we shouldn’t do it, but it can happen in an instant if we aren’t watchful over our minds. Comparing. I did it recently without even trying. Maybe it happened to you recently too.
I can explain.
See, what had happened was… I had been watching the live streams and videos from the developer conference by Apple, called WWDC 2016, held June 13th-17th. In addition to writing, I’m also an app developer. At least I’d like to think so. Anyway, I was watching all the new stuff I would need to learn. I watched amazed at all the cool things others had done, including the Apple Design Award winning apps. Then the cool factor started to wear off, and I started to think, “I’m so behind. I should have more done by now! I’m not doing good enough at this. I’m not good enough for this. If only…” Sounding familiar to anyone?
My mind started thinking through imaginary schedules of when I could lock myself away from everybody, pump myself up with caffeine, and pull some frantic all-nighters, just to catch up to those people out-doing me. My mind taunted me with the idea that everybody was passing by me in a non-existing race. This happened in only a matter of seconds. I could have continued for a long-time, but I caught myself. I had to call a “knock it off” on my mind.
We all can recognize the comparing, negative, downward spiral as a ridiculous waste of time – especially when we are not the one spiraling at the time. It can happen to anyone, and quickly. Catch it as soon as you can, and turn it off immediately.
Comparing is robbery.
While focusing on what others had done, I was robbing myself of “satisfaction of a job well done” (Gal. 6:4). Additionally, I obscured my ability to see the blessing of what God had empowered me to accomplish. Here’s the short version:
- 2013 — I formed Mind Activation Code LLC.
- 2014 — I put my first 2 apps on the App Store.
- 2015 — I wrote and published my first book, and started designing other products.
There had been family responsibilities, a lot of travel needs, and other commitments to manage. Miraculously, I had time to learn how to do these things and get projects completed. God had set me up, in a really good way. I’m not kidding. I also had to remember that my purpose was different.
Wrong thinking could not stand. It had no authority over me. Delete…delete…delete…deleted. Perspective successfully changed.
Comparing is insulting.
Imagine if you gave a dear friend a gift. Rather than celebrate the moment, your friend turns and says, “I’d rather have what that person has.” You would be insulted, and maybe you would have some unfriendly things to say in response. Thankfully God forgives and He remains faithful.
Think about it.
- Are you looking at what others are doing instead of what you have been blessed to accomplish?
- Have you created a false competition in a race that isn’t yours or doesn’t even exist?
Don’t discount yourself or your blessings. Running a course set up for somebody else only gets you lost. Be grateful for what God has given you, and for how He has equipped you. He has equipped you specifically for your own race. Follow your course, and you will hit the right milestones, and get to the right finish line, at the right time.
Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. – Galatians 5:26 (NLT)
Claim your own path, not someone else’s. Walk it out and keep your eyes open to all the blessings along the way.
God bless you all!
Note: I have some app projects in progress, including new ideas based on what I’ve learned from WWDC 2016. I will be posting some project updates really soon, and updating other parts of this website over the summer. It’s a work in progress, just like me.