I am sure you remember in 4th grade the teacher saying to the class at the start of a spelling test, “Be sure to keep your eyes on your own paper.”
Mastering your health is your race to run
This is good advice in everything we do, especially when it come to our health. The body you have is yours. It doesn’t matter what someone else is doing or how you compare to them.
Mastering your health is your race to run. No one else can do this for you. It doesn’t matter what someone else is writing on their paper. What matters is what you are writing on your paper.
Your 4th grade teacher was trying to stop you from cheating. What good would cheating have done? You may have passed the test, but you still would not know how to spell.
Do not compare yourself with others
There is a Scripture that says we are not wise when we compare ourselves with others.
“For we are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without understanding (2 Corinthians 10:12).”
When we compare ourselves, it is easy to become discontented. If we are discontented, it makes it easy to give up. Also, when we compare ourselves we are showing disrespect to ourselves (self-esteem) and to God who made us.
- Do you have challenges that you think others don’t have?
- Do you think good things happen to others but never to you?
- Do you think there is an easy way to “cheat” and get healthy?
- Do you read books about others getting healthy, but then think it can never happen to you?
Maybe you are over 50, which can be more challenging to get into shape than a 20 year old. But that is not a good excuse. You just need to develop more strategies to make your goal.
Do not compare yourself and make yourself discontented and discouraged.
It is good to read about others succeeding in health and fitness, as long as you are not comparing yourself to them. You can be encouraged that others have done what you want to do, but don’t compare yourself and make yourself discouraged.
God does not compare us to each other
When we compare ourselves to others we are not concentrating on our own work. When Jesus taught about the talents, He didn't compare the servants to each other, but He asked what each had done with what He had blessed them with. He didn't tell the guy with one talent, "I expected you to produce as much as the guy with 5 talents... you have let me down!"
“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey (Matthew 25:15).”
God does not compare us to each other. But He does expect us to use what He gave us and be good stewards. He wants us to keep our eyes on our own paper, and do our own work.
Honoring God with our lives
When we compare ourselves to others, we are showing disrespect to God.
Romans 9:20 says, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ Or hasn’t the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?”
Look around at nature and see how much variety there is. Consider the trees, grass, animals and birds...so many different varieties. Look in the sea at all the different fish! Consider your fingerprints – different from everyone in the world! How amazing is that!
Keep your eyes on your own paper, and do your own work. No cheating or comparing to the person next to you.
When you do, you will be very happy, healthy, and content.