Don’t Be a Benchwarmer

“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”

– 2 Corinthians 10:12

Examine yourself from God’s perspective instead of comparing yourself with others. One invitation taught me this as a young man. I was invited to attend an evening Easter party at the house of a billionaire by a family friend. I had never met this gentleman before, but he was worth $8 billion at the time. There were hundreds of people at his estate. It was a warm spring evening here in California, and there were acres and acres of land. Imagine tuxedoed servants serving silver platters of food and drinks, and entertainers performing. This was a completely new experience for me. Occasionally I felt uncomfortable and wandered to see the big house on top of the hill. 

When I walked in, the host was alone on the couch staring into space. His absence from the Easter celebration puzzled me. Thank you for the invitation, I said as I greeted him, and we continued in conversation. I finally asked him the question I’d been dying to ask. What’s it like having $8 billion? There is no limit to what you can do or where you can go. You are a titan, and you’ve accomplished so much. 

Friend, his serious response surprised me. “I didn’t exactly make it financially in life,” he said. As he put it, “I feel like someone who made it to the NBA but sat on the bench.” I will never forget those words. He said, “I will never be like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Sam Walton. I will always be a benchwarmer.” Understand there is no level of success, victory, or accomplishment that comparison will not spoil and destroy. Make Jesus your partner! You’ll never have to be a benchwarmer when the Lord is with you!


Father, help me partner with Jesus and never be a benchwarmer.


How much of your success has been sabotaged by comparison?

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One Response

  1. I can’t remember who said it but the quote was, “Don’t measure yourself by someone else’s yardstick,”. I find I have to tell myself this often as it’s our human nature to feel “lesser than” or “greater than” those around us.

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