Live the Life God Has for You
by Maria Goff
The thing I’m learning about comparison is that the only way it will leave us alone is if we name it for what it is and then ignore it completely. We could spend our time sorting through all of its lies like clothes at a thrift store, or we can spot comparison coming our way, call it a liar, and simply refuse to make eye contact with it.
Low self-worth makes our eye wander on to other people’s papers. If this is you, figure out the return address on the messages you’re listening to. Jesus is more interested in who we’re becoming than who we were. He doesn’t want us to become like each other; He wants us to be like Him. The problem is that we’re letting other people do that talking for Him. We all have something we are good at. Figure out what it is and celebrate it. Value what you’re good at and you’ll understand more about yourself. Find your worth and you’ll find your release from comparison.
We learn self-acceptance when we’ve experienced total acceptance. Go find someone or something that will love you back with no strings attached and you’ll stop comparing yourself to anyone else. It won’t be a program or a self- help book or a career that will be our guide to experience the kind of love and acceptance we all crave; it will be a person. For me, it was Jesus. We weren’t created to fit in; we were made to stand apart.
God stretches each of our lives before us like canvases. He hands us the brushes and the paint and asks us to make our lives look like our unique version of His love. Pick your own colors, not someone else’s. He only creates originals, not copies, and expects no less from us. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that we’re enough, right where we are. However, it doesn’t make the statement any less true. Let’s carry this knowledge deep in our souls and start acting as confident about God’s ability to uniquely craft and release love in our lives as He is as confident that it will be.
Will you fail at a couple things you try as you figure out who you are and who you’re becoming? Of course you will. Don’t worry about it. Keep at it. Look beyond yourself. Think about living a life full of windows, rather than a house full of mirrors.
We’re not our platforms or our positions; we’re His people. Each of us, created in the image of God, not as a carbon copy of each other. We don’t need to look like each other, act like each other, or be like each other. We need to become more like Jesus. If my hunch turns out to be true, some day we’ll all stand before God; and when we do, there will be no need for any more windows or mirrors. Instead I can imagine Jesus holding a simple carpenter’s picture frame around each of us and saying, “I see you. I love you. You are enough, because I am enough.”
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