There once was a little boy who came to his father and said, “Dad, I’m eight feet tall.” His father looked at him and said, “You can’t be. You’re not eight feet tall.” But the boy insisted, “Yes, I am Dad. I’m eight feet tall. The ruler says that I’m eight feet tall!” The father smiled and asked his son to show him the ruler. It was a six-inch ruler.
Here’s the moral of this simple story: If you use the wrong standard, you’ll come up with the wrong conclusion. You’ll think that you’re something that you’re not. The Bible clearly teaches us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (cf. Romans 3:23) and that the only standard that works is the standard that Christ set by living a perfect life. We need to quit measuring ourselves by each other and start trying to be more like Jesus.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
– 1 John 1:8