Within minutes of being born newborns are given an Apgar score. A quick assessment to evaluate their health…and thus the measuring begins!(Now, before I go any further, let me clarify; I’m not in anyway opposed to the Apgar test rather I’m just trying to make a point!)
Scores, measurements, and competition (climbing ladders) it starts young…perhaps…even in the womb. Are we okay…are we worthy?
Comparisons are our attempt to assure ourselves that are children are healthy…that our parenting is up to par!
“My baby rolled over at five months!”
“My child tested out of the first grade!”
“My child’s the best player on his football team!”
“My child doesn’t like sports is there something wrong with him?”
“My child’s going to Harvard; where’s yours going?”
It’s a measuring game! We live in a world that’s all about proving ourselves…our abilities…our worth. It gets competitive…it gets ugly…and it is a constant battle of climbing over someone to get to the top; and once one reaches the top rung they must continually wag war to keep their seat or they will topple to the next climber!
If there’s a winner there always has to be a loser! If my child’s team wins yours has to loss!
“Do nothing in selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above ourselves.” Philippians 2:3.
The comparison game only result in losers, yet we continue to play! We play because we’ve been a pawn in this game since before we could talk.
When will we believe we have worth? Christ’s life was sacrificed to show us we have worth!
If we would believe that we are enough we could put away our measuring sticks, stop using our sticks to inflict wounds upon God’s children, and we could walk knowing we are a child of God.