Friday, August 3, 2012

No One Like You

I once read an article titled, "The Comparison Trap." It talked about how we, as women, often fall into the trap of always comparing ourselves to other women and always falling short. It got me to thinking and I realized that, I never fell into the Comparison Trap at all. I was BORN into it!

When I got saved, I struggled with the fact that I didn't have to perform in order for God to love me. I had no idea of the freedom He just gave me. All I knew was that I got saved and that I was going to heaven someday. That's all I thought there was! Little did I know...

The sad thing is that it took me the better part of 29 years to finally figure out that it doesn't matter what I look like, what I wear, how I do my hair or makeup, or even how thin or how fat I am. God loves me for ME. I am HIS design. So of course I'm not going to be like anyone else! I shouldn't compare myself to anyone else. I am ME! I am a one-of-a-kind, no-one-else-like-me, He-broke-the-mold-when-He-made-me, girl. So are you!

Exhibit God with your uniqueness. When you magnify your Maker with your strengths, when your contribution enriches God's reputation, your days grow suddenly sweet. ~Max Lucado (Cure for the Common Life (2005))

You and I don't have to have anyone's approval for what we do. God has given each of us special gifts. Some of us know ours, some of us don't yet. But the fact remains that if you are living and breathing, God has something special for you to do. You can't get anywhere by comparing yourself to the next person. It's up to you to find your talent and make use of it.

"For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function...Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them..." Romans 12:4, 6(a)

My life isn't perfect. It never will be. I will grow and learn from now until I stand before Jesus with my accomplishments and say, "Here they are." Knowing that I'm doing it for Him, to help others heal from their hurts and grow closer to Him, I pray that what I do here is pleasing to Him. Because everything I do IS for Him. 

Have you fallen into the trap of comparison? Do you look at others and think that you aren't as good as someone else, or that your talent isn't good enough? Let me tell you something; You are good enough! You are designed by the Creator of the Universe. You are one-of-a-kind. God has a plan for you and has instilled in you something special. And He doesn't make mistakes. I encourage you to step out in faith. Trust Jesus to lead you in the direction He is calling you. When you do, you will find liberation, and a peace that you never knew you could have!

So, what is God calling YOU to do?


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