#Wisdom4Wednesday | COMPARISON vs. RUNNING YOUR RACE Sooo.. I'm gonna push the boat out a bit this week & really tug a few strings with something slightly provocative...😜 It's no secret to many that @Timi_dorgu is like family to me... It's also no secret that we have both started off platforms with our significant others in recent weeks. News had reached my ears about the perception of there being competition and the question asked as to whether I was comfortable with the comparison which set the lightbulb 💡 off as I began to consider the issue for this week's musings... In this age of social media, there is an unfettered view into the lives of everyone we see on Facebook, IG, Snapchat etc which means there is ample material to compare ones self with. Now don't get me wrong - healthy aspiration/inspiration is good. But in this day and age, aspiration has been replaced by comparison, which gives way to feelings of inadequacy. 'Comparison is the thief of joy...' & the longer we spend time comparing with others, the less time we get to ENJOY our unique God-given giftings and express them.
In over 10 years my close-as-a-brother friendship with T is such that competition & comparison has never been something on our radar despite our many similarities and overlapping interests. In fact - comparison has given way to a mechanism of mutual support & encouragement. Iron sharpens iron, & good friendships sharpen you up as an individual... The secret to arriving at this juncture for my part has been knowing one thing: *Knowing my race* | We all have a specific race to run - a specific purpose, & the biggest distraction to us reaching that chequered flag 🏁 is the distractions of our neighbours whereabouts measured against where we are. But guess what? In this race of life, there are no prizes for finishing first. But there is reward for running the race well. So run YOUR race to completion, & run it well, & don't let comparison steal your joy & contentment along the way. That way, when all is said & done, we'll be able to look back and say these words: 'I have fought the good and worthy & noble fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.' 2 Timothy 4:7