Comparing Yourself to Others?

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“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

“You’re not them,” the Holy Spirit essentially told me. “I didn’t create you to be them. Be the person I created you to be.”

Why did He tell me that? Because I was fretting over the fact I couldn’t do what I believed lots of other people could do. At 50 years old, I found myself to be tired much of the time, probably resulting from a combo of being out on the road for my ministry work, the intensity of the work, years of personal struggle, and years of caring for rescued dogs particularly special needs ones. Bottom line, when people even years older than me seemed to be able to function well for much longer periods of time each day, I found I could not. I needed lots more rest, it seemed, than others. I fretted over this. I was even a little envious. And I felt discouraged.

That’s when the Lord reminded me. He created me to be me. He created me to do what He wants me to do. He didn’t create me to be like everyone else. He created me with a specific purpose, with a specific story, and most importantly for a beautiful forever relationship with Himself as LORD of me, as LORD of all.

Comparing ourselves to others can be discouraging, and even dangerous. When we do this, we take our eyes off the Lord, and we look at ourselves and others, and we judge ourselves based on the measuring stick of the world around us. We can lose sight of God’s plan for us, of His purpose for us, even of His love for us and relationship with us.

A forever relationship with God begins with turning away from our sins, turning to Christ as Lord, believing He died for us and was raised from the dead, and devoting ourselves to God and His ways forevermore. We then begin a lifelong process of being transformed by God into the men and women of God He created us to be.

But God doesn’t use cookie cutters, and He doesn’t by His Spirit through His Word intend to mold and shape each of us in a perfect cookie cutter so we’re all exactly alike with the same stories, same details of our lives, etc. He created us to grow in HIS image, not the world’s, and He created us for forever fellowship with Himself which we can only have through faith in Christ and a life devoted to Him.

What did I need to do that day? Turn my heart and eyes back to the Lord and to trust His plan and purpose for me, to trust His love for me, His care, His provision and protection, and to trust Him not to conform me to the image of everyone around me, but to conform me to Himself.

Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others sometimes? Turn your heart and eyes to the Lord, friend, and let His Spirit through His Word mold and shape you in His love and sovereignty and through His power into the man or woman He created you to be! In HIS image, for HIS glory, AMEN!

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