I have fallen for a trick! It is a sly and yet obvious one. One that I think trips up many of us. For a long time now, years even I have been allowing a lie to have a grip on my life and keep me down. The lie that I need to be like everyone else. Comparison!! What a tricky way to keep people from truly soaring and reaching the full potential of what they are created for.
Tonight while I was spending some time with God I came to realize that I have not been embracing who God created me to be but rather looking around at others and feeling the need to be like them, wishing I could sing better, teach better, organize better, lead better, be more available, … the list could go on. I did not really realize that I was doing it, it was subtle, in the back of my mind, nagging at me all the time, picking me apart little by little. This comparison keeps me from embracing the way God made me and the way I am to express His love to this world.
How tragic is it that so many of us live our lives feeling less than and pining after a life that was not meant to be ours instead of allowing ourselves to be who we are made to be and living a fulfilled, satisfying life in Christ knowing that in Him we are enough just as we are. That He made us the way we are as a way of showing His love in a unique way to the world around us. Imagine being able to look at others and appreciating who they are and all the beauty that they have to offer while still being content in who we are in Christ and appreciating the beauty in how we are made. Just think of the freedom that comes when the need to impress or measure up to someone else is gone! I am made intentionally by the almighty God and where I fall short has been paid for by Jesus Christ my Saviour! What else can I ask for? Why choose to live a life imprisoned by what I am not when God has freed me to live just as I am.
Thank you Jesus that you made me who I am and freed me through the cross to love you just as I am. Please help me and the others in your body who struggle to accept who you made them to embrace the life we are given, living a radiant life of freedom for you.