By: Mandy Hill
We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Tonight while dressing my oldest boy, he made a comment that got me thinking…
“I wish I was as fast a runner as Charlie*.”
I was saddened by his feeling like he was somehow inadequate because he lacked a little speed when he compared himself to his fellow classmate. The truth is, he is already really fast. He is just not the fastest. My heart bursts with pride when I look at him, and overflows with an abundance of love.
Before I uttered a word in response I silently prayed; “Lord, help me, to help him.” And as quickly as I prayed this prayer The Lord revealed how very similar my son and I are when it comes to comparing ourselves to others. In fact, I had done so this very day. And, even more than my heart bursts with love for my son, His heart overflows with love for me.
You see, from the outside looking in, I am aware of how detrimental it is to compare myself to someone else. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14) I know that the Lord made me, me, because that was how He saw best. I am good at what I’m good at because that is what He choose; likewise I am weak in other areas so I may humbly serve alongside others.
I reached out my hand and said, ‘Ben, you don’t have to run fast like Charlie* to be awesome! God made you the very best YOU for a very special reason. You’ll always find other people who’ll be better at things than you are, but just do your best, always; because being the best you is all God ever asks us to be!”
Do you ever compare yourself with others, sister? The world of comparison is a very empty one- you will always come up short. The truth is, however, that God made you, YOU, for a very unique and real purpose. Set aside some time today to lay down your comparisons and seek God for the purpose he created you to fulfill.
Heavenly Father, thank You for these precious moments where You teach me and direct my words. I pray, dear Jesus, that you will encourage my sisters who are stuck in the empty world of comparison. Allow the truth that you made her, her, uniquely and on purpose. I ask these things in your name, amen.
*name changed for anonymity.