Comparison... social media has made it a part of what we consider every day.
We see others' lives on Facebook and Instagram. Not their complete warts-and-all lives, but the highlight reel. The best moments, the perfect Christmases, the vacations to exotic places that the rest of us have only ever seen on the National Geographic Channel.
We don't see the money problems, the ugly crying jags, the backed-up dunny.
And while what we see seems real, what we don't see...well, 'I don't know and I don't care, if I can't see it, it isn't there.'
So we compare our lives with the imagined lives we see, and we come off the worse...and thus Satan leads us into sin.
Specifically, when we compare ourselves negatively we're practicing jealousy, and jealousy translates into covetousness. We want what our neighbour has... maybe not enough to try to take it, but enough to wonder Why Her And Not Me?
Exodus 20:17 “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.”
Personally, I don't covet anyone's ass. Mine is still quite tight, thank you very much...which leads me to the flip side of covetousness.
It's easy to go the other way, and disdain those who present a sanitized picture of their lives.
'I'm better than that.'
And thus the devil has you, going either way, with covetousness, or pride.
From the 18th chapter of the Gospel according to Luke:
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
What to do?
Just be you, put aside the comparison, and know that God made you for the life you have.
From Psalm 139...
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
You are beyond compare.
Music from Bon Jovi, with We Weren't Born To Follow
Sylvia won't follow anyone, unless they have ice cream.