Comparing yourself to others?
I was looking back on my life and trends of thoughts over the years, and thinking on others trends of thought towards me as well. It made me think, it’s so hard for people to just ‘be’ sometimes, but just be is what we should be. Everyone is at different levels than you. Whether we are talking spiritual awareness, physical capability or level of success and expertise in a certain area. Everyone is at different stages and everyone goes through different levels. Earlier or later maybe, but there are still stages everyone goes through.
I’m not at the level I was five years ago. In another five years, I’ll look back and probably say the same thing again. Hopefully though, I will not in the future, do what I have done in the past, and separate myself from others based on their level verse mine. It’s not a competition. Our Daddy gave us all a race to run, and the prize is the same yet different for each competing runner. Some people get to the start line earlier, some later. Some people get held up or tripped up along the way. Some have gone through so much prior training that you are unaware of, that they sprint to the end blowing everyone away as they go!
If we as sons and daughters of the King, separate ourselves for being on different “spiritual” levels based on outlook, opinions or performance…we may find ourselves at some point on a lonely stair in the middle of two floors with no-where to go.
Most people fall into one of three categories:
- They try to only associate with people they esteem as above their level of attainment-because they want to become like them.
- They try to associate with those at their level because that is where they are most comfortable.
- They try to associate with those they deem “beneath” their level to either feel better about themselves or to teach/ bring others up a level.
The best levels for all are achieved when we mingle with people from all levels without judgment. There are those at, above and beneath your current level of wisdom and you can learn from all of them. You may learn something from someone beneath you on level three that you missed learning before you got to level four. You may learn something from someone at level 10 that may help you get there faster from step four. You may learn from someone at level four something that will open your eyes to what you need to see to get to level five. You never know. God can and has spoken through a donkey. Don’t assume He can’t teach you something from a three year old or a ninety-five year old, an atheist or an evangelist, a novice or an expert in the field, a pauper or a multi billionaire.
People might be failing in one area of life but able to teach you something in an area they’ve mastered. You might be able to help them in the area they are failing in. The person you hold up on a pedestal, might have it all but the one thing you have to offer. You never know. We are all different parts of the puzzle, it doesn’t all come together to complete the picture with discarded pieces.