Comparison drops you at the dead-end of discontentment every single time. Whether you come out on top and feel guilty, or don’t measure up and feel short-changed, comparison always leaves you dissatisfied. 

But there’s a secret to overcoming it: gratitude. The shortcut to contentment is thanking God, and it works no matter which side of comparison you’re on. 

How? It’s an instant perspective adjustment. When comparison makes you feel short-changed, gratitude can shift your focus to all the blessings you do have. And when you’ve been blessed with a lot, thanking God puts you in the humble posture needed to use those gifts well. 

Comparison is out to steal your contentment. But the habit of expressing gratitude is an easy way out of its trap. 

TRY THIS: Fill in the blank, I wish I had a ____ like hers. Pray about that desire, starting your prayer with a list of at least three things you’re thankful for.