I read chapter 9 (about comparison), and I’ll be honest; that has been a struggle for me, even though 2 Corinthians 10:12 tells us that: “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” I didn’t want to write a great long post about the people I’ve sometimes compared myself to, so I sat down and thought how I could do it differently. This is what came:
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Shall I look at someone greater, and so believe the lie
That what I have to give is not enough?
Shall I look at someone lesser, with an eye for all their faults –
Is that the only way to see my good?
Father, You’re so great; You sit in heavenly splendour,
And looking down at me, what do You see?
Your eyes see first the One who sits at Your right hand;
Fervent in His love, He pleads my case –
He’s more than enough.
And Father, when You look at me, do You list my faults –
The thoughts; the words; the misdeeds; the unspoken?
Your eyes see first His scarred hands and feet –
A love that hung on a cross to die –
A nail for each of these.
Father, I compare myself to no one,
Because You look at me through Him.