I’ve always thought that comparison is from the devil. So I smiled wide when I reached the chapter five of Kurt Bubna‘s new book Epic Grace, Chronicles of Recovering Idiot . The chapter is titled “The Curse of Comparison”. My thoughts exactly.
“Comparison is a trap because it feeds either the beast of pride or the monster of insecurity”, Kurt writes “Either way, we lose”. We really do lose by comparing ourselves to others or to an unreachable standard. That’s why the comparison trap is from the Devil. He wants us to lose our blessed existence as God’s beloveds.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10, AMP)
Kurt states”When God made you, he knew what he was doing, and he is still in the process of shaping and forming you into the person he wants you to be.” You are exactly who God wants you to be. But, of course, we are works in progress. But even now we are wonderful, God-planned, and beautiful just as we are.
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
(Zephaniah 3:17, NLT)
Kurt reminds us “His epic grace covers not only all your sin, it covers all your inadequacies and weaknesses as well”. Isn’t this liberating? We don’t need to be perfect in order for God to love us. We don’t need to become something else before God accepts us. We can just be who we are. Because we are God’s beloveds. Hence we are amazing, lovable, and wanted just as we are.
Thank you for your epic grace.
Thank you for loving us as we are.
Thank you for covering our sin and
all my inadequacies and weaknesses too.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you ready to leave the comparison trap behind you? Or have you already done that? How did you do that?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in the joyful freedom of epic grace!
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