I am not a competitive person, especially when it comes to sports. I’m athletically challenged, for one thing. It’s not that I don’t want my team to whup yours, but if it’s a game that I’m personally playing, I figure I’m more likely to lose than not. Can’t we all just be happy and get along?
Which is why yoga is so good for me.
Yoga is something you do for yourself and to a great extent, within yourself. You’re not supposed to look around at the other people in the class and wonder “How come I can’t scratch the back of my head with my big toe like they can?” You’re supposed to pay attention to your body and work with it, not against it. We are all created differently—our progress won’t look just like anyone else’s.
Walking with God is like that, too. It’s so tempting to look at some spiritual superstar and think, “How come I don’t have that kind of peace” or “Why can’t I pray like that?” Part of it—as with yoga—is practice. Part of it may be that God created us to be different from them.
We need to pay attention to our own relationship with God and how it’s progressing, not comparing ourselves to others. If you master that, please let me know how you did it because I’m still working that out. That, and trying to scratch the back of my head with my toe.