When Peter saw [John], he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”  – John 21:21-22

 Last week it snowed pretty hard here in Ohio. I had to drop someone off at the airport in Cincinnati, about an hour and a half drive from where I live. After I dropped him off, I had the feat of driving back home. It was still snowing and it was getting dark. I decided to own the fact that it was going to take me quite awhile to get back home (I had already bought some coffee for that very reason). I’ve never really used my flashers before, but decided this was the moment to start. I went about 40 miles an hour on the interstate and it took me 2.5 hours to get home.

As semis zoomed past me, all I could think about was staying focused at the lane in front of me (or where I thought it should be, since I couldn’t see the lines). When I passed someone, I cheered them on yelling, “You be you! Go as slow as you feel you need to go!” Obviously they couldn’t hear me.

When I was focusing on my driving, these verses popped into my head. At the end of the

book of John, Jesus gave Peter instructions for how he was supposed to live the rest of his life and he told him how he would die (John 21:15-19). When Peter saw John, he wondered what would happen to him. I love Jesus’ reply: “…what’s it to you? You must follow me.” I don’t believe Jesus is telling Peter not to care about John. I think he was telling Peter that he needed to focus on the assignment Jesus had just given him.

We all have our own assignments from God and they are individually unique. We don’t need to get caught up in what other people are doing and we definitely don’t need to compare ourselves to others. If I would have allowed myself to get caught up in how the semis were driving, I probably would have ended up in a ditch. We need to stay in our lanes. We need to focus on what God is asking us to do. We need to stay focused on our own personal race.

Prayer:
Lord, don’t let me get caught up with the others in the lanes next to me or the fans in the stands. Help me keep my focus on what you’ve laid before me and the work you have called me to do.

Question:
How easy is it for you to get caught up in the comparison game?
What has God uniquely gifted you for this season?

Challenge:
When you get caught up in comparing yourself to someone else, whether it’s sport related, ministry related, or personally related, take time to look at what God has given you. Thank Him for the talent He has given you, the mission field all around you and for creating you exactly the way he did.

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