I remember a teacher who was asked to do a class at a seminar. The main speaker would talk then people could break up and go to smaller classes. The seminar made the mistake of asking the main guy to do an elective class and so no one showed up to the teacher’s class. He was complaining to the Lord who replied, “What do you want me to do? Make the other guy less interesting, less useful so people would come to your class?”
He made some apostles, some evangelists and preachers and teachers and some heads and some feet and a few of us are hangnails but all are of the body and all are needed.
Are there people in your church who are super eloquent, beautiful, sing like angels, are great with children, can act in public with no discomfort, are gifted with their hands?
You can tell if you have a problem with comparison by: do you praise and enjoy the others’ gifts and then don’t want to be around them because you feel “less” by your own comparison?
2 Corinthians 10:12 measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
Most of the time we think the problem of comparison is feeling superior to others; but most of the people I know compare and feel less beautiful or wise or gifted. Isaiah 45;9 10 shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or the work say to the maker, You have clumsy hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to their mother what hast thou brought forth?
I was raised with all manner of pottery in the house and often the cheapest ugliest pot was used most often and served the greatest needs.
So let those of us who see ourselves as “the least” learn to do our part, knowing that we are much more necessary and remember to like and hang out with the prettier pots so they won’t be lonely.