We are a people designed by God — intricate and unique. Each of us has a purpose that is destined to challenge us — but ultimately will lead us to our Heavenly home. Our abilities, joys, failures… all are meant to teach us how to Love.
He created us carefully and intricately.
I find that I struggle constantly with comparison. I look at other’s material goods and desire something more. I look at other’s responsibilities and the praise they receive, and wish that I had them too. I see gifts and talents and want MY hands or voice or body to be able to work that way. I see other women’s body types and wish that I was toned, thinner, shorter, had longer hair… the list does go on unfortunately. In these moments I like to spend my time reflecting on how unfair life can be. *insert sarcastic tone here*
Wow. First of all, what a waste of time. Secondly, how disingenuous of me. Instead of rejoicing in the beauty of our intricate designs and encouraging others in their journey, I look to them and fall into the sin of envy. Comparison is useless, silly, and wasteful.
God gives us what we need according to our individual abilities. He desires a joy for us, each individually, in whatever season of life we find ourselves.
He is all too beautifully unfair.
Lord, please help us to curb our envy of others — whether we think it is actually envy or not — and allow the critical comparisons we make to melt away. Give us the grace and strength to be content with who YOU made us to be. Help us to simply focus on growing our uniqueness. We need only to be ourselves.