If you want to become unhappy in a hurry, compare yourself to others. A little boy always wanted to be tall like his dad, who was 6’. So he found a stick that was his height, and then he cut it into six pieces. He measured up to his new standard, so he thought he must be just as tall as his dad. The problem was his measurements were off.

When we judge other people, we end up with the same problem. Our measurements will always be off as long as we judge them by our standards. As long as we live in this world, we will be confronted with people and ideas that are different from our own. Yes, some of them may be really strange or outright wrong. But it’s not our job to go around judging everybody who doesn’t measure up to our standards. To do that is to play God.

I’m not saying we can’t disagree, take moral stands, or call sin, sin. But we need to consider ourselves before we pass judgment to make sure we’re not doing the same thing. When we judge others, we tend to minimize our own faults and maximize those of others. This causes us to think we’re better than somebody else because we were right and they were wrong. Let me tell you something, Friend: before God, the same truth that shows we are in the right today may condemn us tomorrow. We’re no better than our neighbors. We ought to first measure ourselves against the standard of God’s Word.

Have you been comparing yourself to others? This is easy to do in the business world, the church, and between siblings in a family. Whenever you have two or more people working for similar goals, this can happen. Learn to see yourself in light of God’s standard, not one you or others have set. He will show you your real height.

Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment. — La Rochefoucauld

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder