|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
The comparison trap (1)
“Don’t compare yourself.”
Nothing will destroy your peace of mind faster than comparing. It shows a lack of understanding and makes you “behave unwisely” (2Co 10:12 AMPC). Cain measured himself against his brother Abel, and it ended in murder. When the disciples compared notes to see who among them would suffer and who would be spared, Jesus told them, “That is not your business” (Jn 21:23 NCV). Observe: (1) Comparisons can make you feel superior, which leads to pride. Remember the Pharisee who made a great show of thanking God because he was better than everybody else? (See Lk 18:11). Pride was Satan’s downfall; that’s why he loves it when you struggle and fall into the same trap. (2) Comparisons can make you feel inferior, which leads to low self-esteem and keeps you focused on yourself. You overlook the truth that “God doesn’t play favorites” (Ac 10:34 GWT) and start believing He’s withholding things that are rightfully yours. Society creates a sense of entitlement; then Satan reminds you of all the people who’ve already attained what you want, which propels you further down the road to discontentment. Anne Peterson says: “Satan’s lies have a little truth mixed in, which makes them harder to recognize. We need to refute them by saturating ourselves with the truth…it’s only by learning the Scriptures that we can sort them out.” (3) We attempt to bring God down to our level by comparing how He’s working now with how He worked in the past. Stop trying to figure God out, and trust Him! “The way [God] work[s] surpasses the way you work, and the way [He] think[s] is beyond the way you think” (Isa 55:9 MSG). Instead of comparing, start using and appreciating what God has blessed you with.
Galatians 6:4 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don’t compare yourself with others.