Fun fact for the day: the US is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t use the metric system for everything–but there’s a crazy story to it. Thomas Jefferson was trying to convince Congress to switch to metrics, so a French man was sent to help him convince them…but he was kidnapped by pirates and died. So that’s why we use inches and miles instead of centimeters and kilometers for measuring.
Humans usually measure things wrong–we compare ourselves to other people. And that can take away our happiness and it makes us focus on ourselves too much. Does it matter that you are not the best player on your team? It depends on how you think. If your goal is to be the best, then yes, it kinda sucks. But if your goal is to be happy playing, then you should be happy you get to play with a player better than yourself.
You’ve heard many times that God made you exactly how you are for a reason and that he loves you. But God also tells you to be joyful–if you’re looking at life with a ruler all the time, and measure how unfair things are, or how much better other people are–you’re going to be sad a lot. And God doesn’t want that. He wants you to experience joy. Try to put the ruler down for a bit today.
A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.
Proverbs 17:22 (NCV)
Dear Lord, Forgive me when I measure myself to others. You are the only thing that matters. Help me to keep the joy of life each day. Amen.