Usain Bolt is a Jamaican Olympic track star and known as the fastest man in the world. Bolt has raced and won many competitions; however, one race stood out from the others due to a picture taken of a USA runner (Rodgers) crossing the finish line watching Bolt pass him. This picture went viral showing the huge implications of not focusing on your own lane. It is impossible to win the race ahead of you if you are constantly comparing and measuring yourself against others. Bob Marley once quoted: ‘The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.’
Nothing can kill your dream and purpose in life faster than comparison. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, envy closely follows. Comparison is the thief of joy, and when you lust after other’s life you can not fully operate in your purpose. Living in the era of social media, it is easy to scroll through the highlight reel of our peers and allow sneaky thoughts to enter whispering: ‘I should be further than this’, ‘I should be doing that’, ‘I wish I had what they have’. This is just a trick of the enemy to keep you distracted and not focused on your personal unique path. We have to be aware of these thoughts and feelings and immediately stop ourselves. Log off social media and unfollow those who make that ugly green monster awaken inside you.
No two journeys are the same even if they arrive at the same destination. We must understand that we can be happy for others while simultaneously still being proud of our self. It is impossible for the moth to become a butterfly, but they are both important in nature. We should not base our self-worth on the opinions of others. You know the gifts inside of you even if no one else sees it.
There is a problem in the world that only YOU can solve. There is a destiny with your name on it. However, the moment you desire someone else’s portion, you disqualify yourself for the promise. Count your blessings, and not the blessings of those racing beside you. The purpose with your name on it is beautiful and unique to only you. However, also remember that every purpose has a process. We have to find the beauty in our journey knowing that it will unfold into a destiny that is way bigger than us, and better than we could have ever dreamed of.
Galatians 6:4 – ‘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.’