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2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another, they do not show good sense.
Jump onto the internet, and it seems everyone is richer, faster, skinnier, smarter, prettier, or more popular. Errant comparison is everywhere today, and it can make us miserable as well as psychologically and spiritually ill.
Hikers on long trails such as the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail have a saying: “Hike your own hike.” It pretty much means this: Do your thing your own way at your own pace for your own reasons. In today’s scripture passage, Paul has no interest in competition and comparison. In this way, I want to be more like Paul.
MOVING FORWARD: How might you apply the mantra of hiking your own hike to your life of faith?