I ran across this saying a few weeks ago, and it’s been pinging across my brain a lot. Maybe you’re not like me. Maybe you don’t struggle with feelings if insecurity or inadequacy. Maybe you’re first reaction to requests for a conversation isn’t “what did I do wrong?”
Writing is a world that can invite comparison. Mothering invites comparison. Let’s be honest, breathing invites comparison!
But God does not.
T he only comparison He encourages is my life compared to the perfect, unattainable standard of Christ. Why would He make that the standard? Because in that moment, when I’m honest with myself, I have to acknowledge I will never reach that standard of perfection. It is impossible but for Christ and His work on the Christ. My life should be a journey of striving to become more Christ-like, even as I realize that will never happen.
One promise that I cling to is that Jesus will finish the work. That finishing likely won’t occur until heaven, but there is hope that I will become a good work. In His time, I will be completed.
But what to do until then?
It’s so tempting to get focused on what God is doing with and through other people. I see how He uses them, and my first inclination tends to be “Why not me?” Just being honest. Feel free to tell me I’m not the only one!
It takes effort to remember that He has a perfect plan for my life. A plan for me to be used as I come alongside the work He is currently doing in the world. But that work may require some preparation. Or I may not have seen all the preparation He’s already put someone else through.
I want to live a life that genuinely celebrates with others, without a hint of “why not me?” How about you? What strategies do you use to avoid that stinking thinking?