You and I are wonderfully made. Wonderfully complex. God made us that way. We should never forget that. But we do forget that, don’t we?
There’s a great phrase I’ve heard over the years. It says – “Don’t compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.” I so often do that. And it leads to nothing but anger, fear, frustration, and depression. Do you do the same thing? It’s a habit we need to break and break now! God covers these things in the 10 Commandments. You know, that part about coveting?
Coveting also leads to anger, fear, frustration and depression. Everybody else’s life is not better than yours. Since (by God’s grace) I stopped wanting to be somebody else and started trying to be the best “me” I could be – things are so much better. No, I’m not rich or famous. I’m better than that. I’m happy in my own skin.
It’s so easy to see our world through the enemies eyes. He wants us to see how unfair life is. How bad our situation has become. How we’ve been cheated. And, most of all, he wants us to see how it’s all God’s fault. (Funny, how in today’s world God gets so much of the blame – but so little of the credit.) It’s another lie, upon lie, upon lie.
You and I were made wonderfully complex. And by complex I don’t mean aloof, moody or hard to understand. I mean amazingly intricate.
You are not only wonderfully complex, you are also wonderfully unique. No one is like you. No other has your exact set of genes and chromosomes. No, you and you alone are you! And that’s a cause to celebrate, everyday!
How are we wonderfully complex? Well, God has gifted each of us with unique talents and abilities. Our job is to use those talents and abilities to serve the Lord. Don’t believe me? Look at what God says through Peter…
1 Peter 4:10-11 10 says “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”
Even when our talents and abilities are very similar – they are completely different. What?
My gift of music is different from yours. Your gift of speaking is different from mine. My wife’s gift of serving others is different from mine. My Pastor’s gift of teaching is different from mine. Similar, but different.
Some of us (okay, I) want to use our gifts to be rich and famous. (At least I used to, anyway.) That road leads to nowhere. It’s when we share our gifts with the world for God’s glory that we truly prosper. We will prosper as human beings. We will prosper as Children of God. We will proposer by living a life that is wholly pleasing to God and we will enjoy the rewards of those efforts.
Will those rewards be money and fame? Almost always the answer is no. The rewards we receive from the world never last. But the reward we receive from God will last for all eternity. And the benefit of that here in this life is a “peace that passes all understanding.”
Yes, you and I are one in a million. But let us not worry so much about how we can stand out. Let us look for places where we can stand in and share God’s love. I’ve learned that God has gifted me with unique talents and abilities. Not to serve myself – but to serve others. Try it. The payoff is priceless.
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Today’s Song: “I’m Not Cool” – Scott Krippayne (This is such a great song – check it out on iTunes)