So much of life is about perspective. It occurred to me during a walk in the woods yesterday that where we "stand" is important. Do we live our lives mostly concerned about our "standing" among other people or do we live our lives concerned mostly about our "standing" before almighty God? It is much easier to live a life of comparison with others than submission to God. The comparison life drives us to find our worth by trying to be better than others, have more than others, outperform others. And we have the benefit of deciding for ourselves just how we're doing. So our yardstick is other fallen creatures like ourselves and our judge is our biased self appraisal. It may be more difficult, but focusing on our standing before God seems a better way. We are humbled as our imperfections become obvious in His light and we become aware that we can only be "right" as He has made it possible through the salvation path forged by the Son. And when it comes to our standing with other people, that tends to work out the right way when we are conscious of our standing with our Maker.
Deuteronomy 29:10 You are standing today all of you before the Lord your God: the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel