When I heard those two words I was standing in a Half Price Book Store glancing through a book. . .I was about purchase. I looked around to see if one of the other customers had spoken those words to me. . .they had not. . .there was no one near me.
I knew the spirit of the Lord was clearly speaking to me so I sat down at a table as I paused to hear His voice. . .He said to me:
"Tell my children to stop comparing themselves to others. My Word and their obedience to it...is the only measure of comparison my children should be concerned about."
I meditated on those words. “Tell my children to stop comparing themselves to others.”
I realized that many people get themselves into financial trouble because they’re always comparing themselves to others and the things they have or don’t have.
I saw a recent survey that revealed that the average age children get a cell phone is eight years old. Can you believe that?
Have your children or grandchildren ever asked you for a cell phone like “so and so” has? Every new cell phone release. . .with the latest gadgets and widgets prompts the requests for a new phone.
By the way, it’s not just the children that want the latest and greatest. It’s Moms and Dads as well. Why this got to have IT attitude? It’s simple, comparing what we have with what others have.
I could talk about this economic foolishness because it manifests on so many levels with all kinds of purchases. . .but I need to move on.
As I was reflecting on the Lord’s words to me. . .I felt stirred to write “seven reasons not to compare ourselves to others.”