And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord..." Deuteronomy 6:18
Society today is caught up in the comparison game. Keeping up with others seems to be the goal of many. Children compare clothes and styles. In their own minds adults compare cars, vacations and promotions while smiling and patting each other on the back.
Work and moral ethics may be compromised because "my boss does it" or "the guy at church does it". But you and I both know that doesn't make it right. Too many times we justify our actions because we are comparing ourselves to the wrong measure. God's Word gives us the proper standard; all else will fall short of the goal.
Sometimes life requires us to stand up and be counted. Sometimes we must choose between immediate gratification and a denial of self. Sometimes we simply must go against the grain because our goal is to please God, not man or even ourselves. In the long run we will be a better person and will be blessed for it.