By Rae Lynn DeAngelis

As a child I spent hours playing a card game called War. The goal was to eventually win all the cards in your opponent’s deck by laying down the highest card in each round.

Every once in a while, the players laid down the same exact card, resulting in a declaration of war. It was often disappointing to see all the good cards given up once the “blind” revealed.

Some of us approach life in a similar way, trying to duplicate or one-up others in the things we do. Consciously or subconsciously we strive for the best material possessions, physical appearance, and lifestyle.

Even when we don’t want to engage in such rivalries, we often get drawn in because of our competitive nature. The lure to impress or copy those around us is tempting, especially if we are already struggling in our identity.

Identity – “The condition of being oneself or itself, and not another; the distinguishing character or personality of another.”

Identity sets each person apart from everyone else. Yet many of us willingly relinquish this precious gift because we think what someone else has is better.

The end result? We lose something that should be considered precious to us—our true God-given identity—that which is distinct, special, and uniquely us.

The only one we should compare and aspire towards is Jesus.

When it comes to real life, don’t let Satan tempt you to engage in a game of war called comparison. Instead, be content with the person God created you to be and stick to playing the hand you were dealt.

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30)

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)