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i so understand this one.  when my son was about one i was part of an awesome preaching course our church ran.  but it seemed like everyone was gifted to be deep and theological or teacherish… 

 

and then there was me.

 

i have my own voice and style and usually like to *try* to be real and just didn’t think i was deep and theological COMPARED to the other people in the group.  people even said i was funny. which would be good if i was trying for that.

but i had to get over that.

this was and IS how God made me.

this is who i am.

i cant speak with the same eloquence that they did.  i make strange noises and sound effects.  i have used a power rangers youtube clip to illustrate a major point.  i’m me.

and i’m reconciled with that now.  in fact i try to embrace it. 

because that is who i am and what i bring is what God wants to bring through my expression.

one of my housegroup girls gave me a great compliment the other day – about my preaching – but i wont repeat it here because it was so priceless and funny.  but it reminded me, that if i dwelt on trying to compare myself to everyone else, and if i tried to modify my style and put myself in a box… well… not worth contemplating.

 

"Comparison is the thief of joy." -Theodore Roosevelt

 

Intimidation has no power unless you allow it to

we have a choice

will we limit ourselves based on what we think of ourselves or what we think others may think of us?

will we limit GOD THROUGH US?

comparison and intimidation can take root in our heart when we’re feeling insecure about who we are and who God has called us to be. 

we need to be secure in how God has wired us and secure in His call

whatever that looks like

whoever you are

God extraordinarily works thru very ordinary men and women – He uses ordinary vessels to spread His good news.  How remarkable is that!

 

comparison and intimidation will rob you of the joy of serving God

you’ll second guess His work in and through you

doubt His ability to use you

look for others to step up into your place

remember God has called YOU, anointed YOU, appointed YOU. YOU are His masterpiece, created to serve Him (Eph 2:10)

 

intimidation will rob us of the ability to minister and the ability to receive

if we’re always feeling like “grasshoppers in our eyes” (numbers 13:33) then we’re not going to step out and tackle giants and enter the promised land

 

 

 

We need to refrain from comparing ourselves to anyone else because God doesn’t want us to be frustrated and feel unworthy of the blessings He desires to give us.

Comparing our lives with other people’s lives is unfair, to them and to us. It’s unfair to them because if we become jealous of what they have, what they know, how they look, etc., we start to resent them. Then we can no longer appreciate them as the wonderful person God made them to be.

It’s unfair to us because it limits God’s plan for our lives. Comparison says to God, ‘I want to limit Your work in my life to this and nothing else. I just want to be like this other person.’

But God has an individual plan for each of us. His plan for you is greater than you could possibly imagine. Stop looking at His plans for others so you can walk in the plans He has for you and receive the blessings they bring.

by Joyce Meyer Youversion Devotional

 

Galatians 6:4  Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,

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