When such a thing is said… then, to whom would we be comparing ourselves… this guy…or that one? Maybe comparing ourselves with a popular celebrity… Or maybe, a renowned politician? Would he be on equal footing as ourselves? When the comparison of one fellow against, say, a popular, yet controversial, business leader; than what is the controversial business leader known for? Is he someone we would want to emulate, or be compared against? There are certain ‘so-called-POPULAR’ media people… who many wish to be like, and would consider it an honor to be compared to. Yet, in reality, they lead totally corrupt lives. Our ‘worldly standards’… have a lot to be desired….when we want to be compared to today’s popular crowd.
Think for a moment about all the… here-to-for, POPULAR celebrities… government officials, etc.…. that have been caught up in the ‘sexual harassment’ folly. Would any of us really like to be ‘compared with’ any of them?
Do these “renowned, popular, controversial, celebrities”… lead lives, such that we want to be like them, or for our children to emulate them? Very doubtful. For me… I would want to be compared with someone who “puts his family and God…FIRST.” Someone who is above reproach.
Unfortunately… most of us, think in ‘worldly terms,’ rather than ‘heavenly terms.’ If, then, I must be compared… to anyone… than compare me with the MORALS of Billy Graham; the CHARITIABLNESS of Mother Theresa; the ETHICS of my Dear Wife.; the POLITICS of Ronald Reagan; the SKILLSETS of Edison and Franklin; the GOOD LOOKS of Clark Gable and Paul Newman; the HUMBLNESS of Pope Francis; the ENTREPRENURSHIP of Steve Jobs; the RESOURCES of Bill Gates; the TACTICS of General Patton; the HEALTH of Jack LaLanne; the HUMOR of Bob Hope; the LOVE (of God) to Joseph, son of Jacob; the STRENGTH of Sampson; the WISDOM of Solomon; and the RIGHTEOUSNESS of Jesus Christ. Compare me with those of ‘higher rank.’
We are told in Galatians 6:4 – But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. And 2 Corinthians 10:10-30 tell us – Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons we are also in deed when present. For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.
And as for the ‘real me’… I am HAPPY with myself…just as I am. I’m not wanting to be anyone else. I pray, only, that RIGHTEOUSNESS is within my reach.
….Blessings…as we all seek to PLEASE, only… God. cjlb… 2/17/2018