I was recently at an event where I could easily of become intimidated by the sheer success of the establishent I was visiting and begin to doubt myself and my validity to do what I know I’m called to do and be in comparison. That’s because it’s very easy to look at others and start to feel like we have to measure up to others, even if who we are and our calling is very different from everyone else’s.
I run for exercise and enjoy it, yet if I run with others who have longer legs than me I can fall behind and end up hurting myself. I have to run at my pace, with my length strides, because if I try to keep up with others when I’m not fit enough or physically matched to them I could begin to feel deficient and even embarrassed at my ability or lack of.
Yet how often do we do that in our lives? We are constantly tempted by the world around us through social media, advertising and just being part of society to compare ourselves. Then we unevitably try and live life how other people live it, looking how they look and moving like they move. But when we try to be someone other than who we were created and attempt to do things the same as someone else without exploring if that is the way God has planned for us, we run the risk of ending up singing “What about me, God have you forgotten about me, I don’t measure up? We can begin to doubt God’s love, goodness and unique plan and purpose for our life and to lose our peace and rest in life.
Today I encourage you to keep focused on who you are and who you are called to be. We are all blessed with our own unique destiny and purpose which no one can walk out except us.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. (Prov 4:26-27
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” (Prov 4:26-27)
Prayer: Lord please help me to keep my eyes focused on who you have called me to be and not to become intimidated by others around me. That I would be free to become all you have made me to be. In Jesus name Amen.