Saturday Share from AChuck with Jenni Catron
Each Saturday I try to share a BLOG or article that another writer has inspired me with. My hope is that it might inspire and encourage you as well. Today’s post is from one of my favorite leaders on the planet, Jenni Catron. Her books have helped me lead and invest my energy in such a powerful way. Enjoy Jenni’s Post on COMPARISON from her team, “The 4Sight Group.”
It’s all too easy to be consumed with comparison. Comparison robs us of the confidence that comes from leading from our God-given influence. At a surface level, it doesn’t look all that dangerous. It’s the fuel that propels us forward. It’s often the motivation to do greater things. Comparison in our culture is natural, perhaps even expected.
From SAT scores to salaries, job titles, neighborhoods, social status, and family dynamics—it’s all weighed and measured. Our American culture begs us to compare and conform from the time we are born.
Comparison triggers the fear that “I don’t measure up; I am not enough.” The fear of not measuring up robs us of seeing the value in our influence, and it keeps us on a perpetual quest to be better than others.
Comparison berates us with questions: Did I speak as dynamically as he did? Did I lead through a challenge as effectively as she would? Did I encourage and celebrate my coworkers or staff as well as another? Did I prepare the report as thoroughly? Did I outperform my greatest rival on this month’s sales goal? Did I parent as effectively as my friend? Did I plan the most unique birthday party for my child? Did I hit the longest drive of the match?
The problem with comparison is that it doesn’t end with a simple sizing up. It’s humanly impossible to compare oneself to what someone else has accomplished and not be tempted by the sins of envy, jealousy, and greed. The Bible calls comparison the sin of covetousness (Luke 12:15). It lures us to deeply desire what another person has, including God-given influence, gifts, talents, experiences, and opportunities, all the while discrediting our own. We essentially reject how God has uniquely created and gifted us and covet what he’s given to others.
Our temptation to compare distracts us from being who God has called us to be. Rather than focus on what God has purposefully designed us for, we distract ourselves with what robs us of leading from a place of security and confidence. This week, let’s refuse to let the temptation to compare distract us from being who God has called us to be.
Take some time to reflect and be thankful for who God made you to be and where He has called you to lead. Have an incredible week!
Keep leading well,
The 4Sight Team