Bottom Line - Spring 2016
A letter from Stan Bower to the businessmen in the St. Louis region:
Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, good or bad, great movie or bad movie … our society compares things (and one another) to whatever standard the ‘comparer’ uses.
Comparing is not wise, and is even unfruitful. According to 2 Corinthians 10:12, “For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.” Comparing can become a trap. Through the years, I have learned that I would rather have what I have - than what I don’t have. This realization produces gratitude - not a sense of envy or entitlement.
Ultimately, the only person I have to account to is Jesus. But when I compare myself with others, it can hinder my personal relationship with God. He has made you and me uniquely. When we compare ourselves either favorably or unfavorably with others, you and I deny the uniqueness with which God created each of us. This kind of comparison leads to a lack of contentment, which permeates the lives of most people today. The world is full of individuals who are discontent with the ‘gifts they have been given’ – they are miserable, unhappy and ungrateful as they continue to play the comparison game.
Each of us have assets and liabilities and we certainly all have problems. But if we trust God as omniscient, then He knows why He gifted us each in our specific ways. Let us be filled with joy, contentment and thankfulness for the gifts He has so graciously given to each of us.
The joy of the Lord is my strength,
Stanley A. Bower