Avoiding the comparison trap
Comparison "is a game every one plays, but nobody ever wins.
    If you are tired of playing the comparison game and struggling with contentment, then maybe it's time to maybe it’s time to make a few changes.   The Bible 'has' a lot to say about' this topic. Here are. four practices that will move you toward a life of great contentment.


    1Be grateful for what you do have.
     Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, reflect on what you do have and thank God. for it.. There is no room for discontentment in a heart filled with gratitude. ff you struggle with contentment, then you might consider starting a gratitude journal. Build a running list of the things you are grateful for by adding two or three entries a day. You will be lest likely to compare when you are reminded  of all that God has given you: Scripture says, "Give thanks in all  circumstance for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
    2. Give what you have to help others.
    Be willing to share what God' bas given you with others. It's hard to be
preoccupied with what you don't have, when you are busy serving someone in need. Find ways.to give your time, money and talents to make a difference in someone else's life,  Jesus said; "'Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over: will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you'" (Luke 6:38).
    3 Celebrate the success of others.
    Be excited for others ,when they succeed. Stop thinking, ''1 wish it were me, and start saying,  "I'm happy for you. There isn't much room for jealousy and envy in your heart. when you are cheering someone on. We are a part ·of the body of Christ, so we all win when they win. We shouldn't hesitate to celebrate when others are  blessed. 1 Cor. 12:26 says “If one part suffers with it: if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”
    4 Put your hope in God,  not in achievements or material possessions.  
    Have you ever found yourself thinking,  “If I could just get that job,  house, spouse,  college degree,  I would be happier”?  Usually you find yourself wanting  more after achieving that goal.  Placing your hope in things will never fully and finally satisfy.
    Comparing yourself to others is a hard habit to break.  Next time you find yourself getting trapped again by comparison turn to God who gives you the strength to be the person is calling you to be.
    God Bless you as you read this and think about it. Pastor Paul Leavens