Set Aside Comparison and Competition

Series: At the Movies | Week 3: Be Present

Read Galatians 6:2-5 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.


  1. How do we obey Christ?
  2. What should we pay attention to?
  3. Who are we responsible for?


The Christmas season is a time of year when the words “peace” and “joy” are found everywhere, yet so often it’s filled with the opposite feelings. How can anyone have peace and joy and stay fully present with their loved ones during a busy and stressful month?

In Galatians, Paul encouraged believers to help others and warned them to avoid comparison. He wrote that we’re each responsible for our own conduct, and nothing we do should be at others’ expense. If we’re too focused on how we stack up to what everyone else is doing, we forget there are real people on the other side of us. We can’t bring our best to relationships if we’re constantly competing, comparing, or pursuing things like success, wealth, or accomplishments.

How often do you find yourself comparing your actions or achievements to others’? How can today’s Scripture encourage you to set aside comparison and competition? What step can you take towards God and those around you, no matter what is filling your plate this season?


Pray through these questions, and write down what God is prompting you to do next. Share with a friend, and take a step to apply it.


During At the Movies, each week we’ll focus on remembering what we read. If you’re new to memorizing Scripture, start by looking at one section of one verse to remember this week.

Read Isaiah 7:14 again to remember. If you want to begin by memorizing just part of it, start with this phrase:

“She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).”

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