Stirring Up Pollen

12 Apr

Last time we talked about our human tendency to compare ourselves to others.

Here’s comparisons I’ve noticed since my last post, some by me and some I’ve observed from others.

  •  Her hair is so much better than mine!

  • Arm muscles, she actually has them!

  • Calories burned on the machines at the gym (yes, people crane their necks to see what the machine says when you walk away) 

  • Time spent playing favorite video games, “How long did he play?”

There’s more, but I think you get the point. The list looks pretty ridiculous doesn’t it?

But what about biblical examples? 

  • In Luke 10: 38 – 42 Martha compares herself to her sis, Mary. Mary’s being a lazy bum, right Lord?

  •  In Luke 9:46 – 48 The disciples argue over which of them is the greatest disciple (count your gold stars please, who’s the best?)

  • In the very next section, 9:49 – 50 Disciples are whining cause someone else, not a disciple (gasp!), is trying to do something good in Jesus’s name

  • In 1 Cor.3: 3 – 8 Paul scolds the church members in Corinthians for fighting over who’s the best leader, who do they follow, Paul or Silas (um…have you forgot you’re supposed to be following God?)

Any time we compare ourselves, we are focused on ourselves and other people. One of my favorite verses is in 1 Peter Chapter 1. This chapter encourages us to love one another as fellow followers of Christ. The final verses put it into perspective.

1 Peter 1:24 – 25

All men are like grass,

and all their glory is like the

flowers of the field;

the grass withers and the

flowers fall,

but the word of the Lord stands forever.

So next time you start to compare, stop and think, do I really want to stir up this bothersome pollen?

Man’s glory (mine and the next person’s) is passing like a flower. And if I stir it up, it won’t leave me feeling good.

Focus on the Word of the Lord – which is Christ  – (John 1:14)

And congratulations to Robin! My sweet friend and commentor is going to receive Lisa Harper’s book “A perfect Mess – Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Being Good Enough for God.”

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One Response to “Stirring Up Pollen”

  1. Robin April 13, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Woo hoo! Thanks sweet friend! And I must have REALLY been stirring up some pollen lately, because my allergies have been AWFUL!! lol

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