Short Bus Insights: When Compared, There’s No Comparison

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Since it is getting closer to Christmas time, it seems as though the students on the bus are talking more and more about materialistic things.  Recently I had an overflow of stuffed animals join the ride home.  The students will also wish to bring action figures (they’re not dolls!) on the bus and small cars to play with.

Usually these things can be kept at bay but last week there was an argument that ensued.  For Christmas one of the students said they were going to get a swimming pool!  They were very excited about it.  No, it doesn’t matter that they will be unable to use it for a number of months…it’s still a swimming pool!

Thus the argument erupted.  One student said, “I have a swimming pool!”  Then, not to be outdone by other students, another student says, “I have 2 swimming pools!”  The other students look at them, pause for a moment, and say almost simultaneously, “No you don’t!”  And they are correct.  That student most certainly does not have 2 swimming pools at their house.  In fact, there is not even 1 swimming pool.  So why say that?  Why even go there?  The other students already knew the swimming pool count for one another, why lie?

Comparison.  A dangerous game.  Be it comparing swimming pools, Halloween costumes, toys, phones, or a number of other things; comparison can lead to arguments, fights, and broken relationships.

One of the biggest downfalls of all Christians everywhere from China to Africa to the United States, is comparing themselves with other Christians.  By doing this, growth and maturity is stunted.

This has become very prevalent working with youth.  It is easy to see a lot of potential in each student, but ultimately it is up to the student to decide to pursue excellence, or settle for mediocrity.  Often they choose to be mediocre in their faith because they believe they have reached the best it is going to be.  They think, by looking at other students around them, that they have found the pinnacle of faith that a youth can have.

When this happens, growth ceases.  Satisfaction creeps in.  The true ultimate faith, faith to change landscapes and faith to change hearts, has disappeared from their mind.

Is this limited only to students?  Of course not.  There are a number of adults in our churches that have used comparison techniques to satisfy their own selfish pride.  They lift themselves up through comparison, when in actuality, it tears them down from the inside.

They are stunting their growth.

If comparison were to be forgotten, if comparison between Christians did not exist, we would see a group of believers that try to get as close as possible to God.  There would be no line to get to.  There would be no standard besides Jesus Christ himself.

We count ourselves and others short when we compare.  Not all people learn the same.  Not all mature at the same time.  Not all reach the goal the same way.  Let us stop comparing our faith with other Christians on television, with pastors that have hundreds of thousands of Facebook friends or Twitter followers, with fellow church members that carry bigger Bibles to prayer meetings.

Let our focus not be on other peoples’ faith, but our own.  Let us look at our relationship with the One True God and let him be our focus.

Let us pursue him with all we have.  With no reservation, no comparison, no stopping.

1 Timothy 6:11-12 “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things.  Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

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Comments
  1. Rafik Labib says:

    For what profit is there for the hearer of the Holy Scripture, if one does not advance in Virtue? (John Chrysostom).
    You touched one of the most important factors of discouragements in the believers journey of faith. One needs to obey the Word, apply it an dlive by it. More often this is not that easy, it takes time to accomplish, but at least, knowing what to do, how to do it, and have the desire and will to do it, then it is going to happen by the Grace and help of Christ and not alone, so why worry or compare. One should know, it may take God to allow some trials and testing, prayers help always.

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