by Sharman J. Monroe
Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
Galatians 6:4 (NLT)
No two people are exactly alike; not even twins. God gave each of us different gifts, talents and skills to use for His glory during our time here on earth. Some of us are gifted to be pastors or teachers, others singers, songwriters, painters, or writers. Still others are gifted to be administrators, leaders, speakers, organizers, givers, problem-solvers, or math and computer whizzes just to name a few. And in those gifts we excel. We are melodious, creative, quick; we are at ease. That is how it should be. A gift you have doesn’t devalue or diminish another person. God values us all equally and wants us to do the same.
However, we live in a world where comparison and competition are the norm and expected. It happens among siblings and in marriages. Comparisons and competition cause envy, jealousy, anger, hatred. They cause us to waste our time looking over the fence because we think the grass is greener on the other side. We waste our time trying to be like someone else.
God calls you to discover your own gifts, talents and skills, develop them, and share them with others. When we do this we will glorify God and add value to others. The grass on your side of the fence is YOUR grass. Tend it, weed it, fertilize it, seed it as necessary and water it so it flourishes and is lush, full of flowers, birds and bees. Your grass is the greener grass for you.