For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. — 2 Corinthians 10:12 —
When I first started blogging, I found bloggers who I have enjoyed for many different reasons. Some for their passion, some for the way they were able to expound on the things God, others for their diplomacy, some for their hard work in research in digging through a matter and finding the truth. Some for the gentleness and humility they displayed. Some for their logic. Others for just plain accepting me, warts and all. All of them for their desire for the truth in one form or another.
I have noticed each and every one is different as a snowflake. Each made in the image of God created for His purposes. Their blogs as unique as they. Some write long articles, others are able to say what needs to be said in just a few words. Others are meek and gentle while there are those who come off like fire breathing dragons. I’ve probably been one of those. *sigh*
For myself, I find writing a hard thing to do most of the time. My emotions get in the way which causes my thoughts to get all jumbled up at times. Because of this, I have made the mistake in the past of comparing myself to others. All through my life I have looked at people and been able to see their strengths, abilities, talents and gifts: things I fall short in. I’ve never been jealous of those things. God knows. Instead I was just glad to be able to sit back and see their abilities at work, which in turn, blessed me. However, I made a mistake many times by comparing myself with them which usually went something like this: Wow! They sure are good at this or that. Cool, they can do such n such. I really love that about them! In light of what I was seeing, I could see so many things I fell short in.
When my father began teaching me how to play guitar, he told me, “Remember, there will always be some who you will be able to play better than. But there will also be those who play better than you. But you, you just be yourself.” My father was right. As I met those who had a desire to play guitar and did not know how, I would gladly show them what little I knew. Encouraging them to the best of my abilities. When I got around others who could play so much better than I, it was wonderful just to be still and sit, listen and watch them at their skill. I esteemed both the same. Finding myself joyfully content in both places.
Many people are led to believe that unless they can do this or that, or act a certain way (not talking about issues of sin or bad behavior here) they are not as good as others. I’ve seen it in Churches where the most educated are esteemed, the most talented, the one who gives the most, the one who can hoop and holler the loudest (cause you know that means they are so full of the holy Ghost, don’t ya know).
When we compare ourselves to others, we loose sight of who and what God is wanting to create us to be. If we aren’t careful, we might end up imitating others, never coming to the complete freedom of being what God wants us to be. Or we can end up judging/comparing others wanting them to jump through hoops to prove something to us. Both are foolish places to be. Both are places of idolatry. One is desiring to be something different than God intends. The other is desiring to be the Creator of what you should look like.
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? — James 2:1-4 —
I speak to the little lambs out there somewhere who feel like they have been tossed aside, forgotten and left alone because you aren’t talented enough, you don’t hoop and holler, you don’t give the most, or for the simple reason, you just don’t have it all together yet: Take that yoke off. This is all that matters:
… He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; — Philippians 1:6 —