Take a look at the world….a really good look. There is so much comparing going on. People are stressed out from comparing their lives to the lives of others. This comparing leads us to competing with others. We compare and compete with the next person over so many material things and even with our children and they, too, will end up doing the same thing. So many of us have this worldly mentality. I know I have been there and I am not ashamed to admit it. We can’t even see the ditch we are about to fall in because we are chasing the world trying to keep up with what it offers or what somebody else has. I ask myself, “When we reach our very elderly years and are sitting in the nursing homes or assisted living homes, will we still compare ourselves and compete with one another?” Will we be jealous of Dale or Nancy’s wheelchair because it looks better than ours? Will we get mad because Betty or Sam didn’t have to change their Depends on today but we had to change ours twice? Will we become bitter because Mary and Paul can use their walkers but we have to be assisted by CNAs all day? That is something to think about. If we can’t get it right now, we are going to be some sad and pathetic sights if we live to see our elderly years. It is time that we start comparing ourselves to others and do the best we can with what we have and strive to do better for ourselves. Comparing ourselves to others will steal our joy and cause us to fall into competition. We must learn to be happy for one another. Don’t be jealous or envious. Jealousy and envy is what causes us to compare. Tom’s season might be now but rejoice with Tom because your season is on the way. And maybe Tom will rejoice with you. What God has for Jackie may not be the same as what He has for you. We are all unique in God’s eyes. It is important to be thankful and tend to what we have. Once we learn the value of what we have, God blesses us with more. Once we are blessed with more, many of us will have the opportunity to bless others. We must plant good seeds so good can come back to us. Life is too short to waste on comparing ourselves with others. We have work to do in our own lives dealing with our own selves. “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else” (Galatians 6:4). – S.L.M.