When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. (2 Cor. 10:12)

ALEX, OUR GRANDSON, often boasts of his accomplishments. “I can run faster than Cody,” he tells me. “I’m the second-best speller in my class,” he says. He has a need to excel, and, when he thinks he is better than other first graders, he’s arrived.

Greek orators of Paul’s time were known for their eloquence. In contrast, the apostle himself had a simple delivery when preaching. The false teachers in the Corinthian church compared Paul’s preaching to their own, and he came in a poor second. This was their way of discrediting Paul’s words and diminishing his authority.

When we compare our talents with others, we may feel superior. This leads to arrogance—a deceptive trick of the Enemy that feeds our pride. Or if, in our comparison, we find ourselves on a lower tier, we’re doomed to disappointment and inferior feelings. Either way, comparing ourselves with others is a one-way street to defeat.

Comparing ourselves to the people around us shows we lack an understanding of God’s will. His goal is for us to be like His Son. Ask yourself, “How does my life measure up to God’s standard in the Bible? Am I kind, patient, loving, forgiving, gentle, and meek like Jesus?”

Focus on who God designed you to be.

Jewell Johnson lives in Arizona with her husband, LeRoy. They have six children and nine grandchildren. Besides writing, Jewell enjoys walking, reading, and quilting.