On Sunday, Jerrad opened up to us about the comparison game he has been battling for years and how he has found some relief by evaluating where his joy and satisfaction comes from.
It has become increasingly simple to follow the latest trends or celebrity figures and compare ourselves to what we don’t have and will never live up to. How crazy is it, that we allow ourselves to swept away by something so foolish?
That sounds harsh, and believe me, it hurts and it’s uncomfortable.
Let me give you an example. For fans of the hit NBC show, This is Us, the tendency is to compare myself to the patriarch of the show, Jack Pearson. On the show, Jack is unbelievable, larger than life and quite frankly a superman/superdad if there ever was one.
I’ve been watching this show unfold for two seasons and Jack keeps raising the bar. What could possibly be wrong with that?
After all, the fictional parenthood of Jack Pearson is commendable. Jack is making up for the broken relationship he had with his father and refuses to give his three kids anything less than the most profound and thoughtful family experience ever captured on screen.
The problem is that now Jack has replaced Jesus for how I measure success as a father.
In a recent interview, the actor who portrays Jack on TV was asked for his inspiration for the character. He immediately broke down while fighting back tears and pointed to his father sitting in the crowd. He admired him and how he taught his family to thrive. He pointed to a real man who showed him a better way to live.
Jesus, a real man, the Son of God wants to give you a better way to live. A life that isn’t captivated by the foolishness of our sin. Listen to how he explains his joy:
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 1 0 I f you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 1 1 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:9-11
God’s love has the power to transform your heart. Don’t settle for anything less.