In life, we are constantly comparing things. We compare our clothes, our houses, our cars, our jobs, and even our children. But when we start comparing our identity to that of others, it will certainly lead to problems. When we compare things, it is almost always to determine what is better and what is less. And all within the context of how those things define us. We look at others and we see the differences. We begin to tell ourselves that we are…..just. Just a mom without a career outside of the home, just a high school graduate without a college degree, just the one without the new car, just the one with a great job but no spouse or children. We are correct to see the differences, but different does not equal less.
We have been crafted by the Creator of the Universe! It’s hard to imagine that we are each made uniquely according to His perfect design, but we are. And nothing “less than” comes from His hand.
“ I will praise you because I have been remarkably and
Wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14a
If we are a perfect, one of a kind creation, then we should not be surprised when there is so much diversity in the way God works out His plan in each of our lives. In fact, we cause problems when we try to fit ourselves into a mold that was not designed for us. The enemy of our souls would like us to believe that we don’t measure up. He wants us to take our eyes off of the truth of who God made us to be because then we will not live up to our potential. We have been made perfectly flawless in Christ and when we seek Him every day, we will be exactly where we are supposed to be. Our circumstances can be difficult and we may face trials but if our perspective is that God loves us and has an amazing plan for each of us, then our days have purpose wherever we may be and whatever we are doing. There is nothing mundane about our lives when we recognize that a magnificent God is with us through all of it.
There have been times in my life when I have believed the lie and felt “less than” and “just”. The enemy had me right where he wanted me – feeling inadequate, incapable and unworthy, not likely to accomplish much – but as I sought the reality of who I am in God’s eyes and not my own, He revealed the great value He finds in me and the value of the work of my hands.
“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me. Lord, Your love is eternal;
Do not abandon the work of Your hands.”
The things in our lives that are difficult, not very glamourous, or don’t seem to measure up are the very things that God uses to build our ministry to others. When God walks with us through the circumstances of our lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly – He is creating a history of His faithfulness for us and a roadmap for us to share with others.
“Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without
Wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
As time passes, we can even get a glimpse of how He intends to impact the world as we walk in His plan for us, in our perfectly unique circumstances. Then we can say with confidence, “Life with God is….just….the best thing ever and He is all that I need!”