Community vs. Comparison

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PC: Linda M. Ibarra

Have you ever compared yourself to someone who was winning at something you so desperately wanted? Instead of feeling happy for them, did you feel like their win came from your loss? If they are already at the finish line before you made it to the starting line, does that mean it’s too late for you? Let me tell you my sister, there is nothing so far from the truth.

God loves us all uniquely and has a plan for each and every one of our lives. Not only does He have a special calling specifically for you (Jer 29:11), but He cherishes you. You are precious in the sight of the Lord (Is 43:4). Someone needs to hear that today. There is nothing you could do or nothing that could be done to you that would change God’s calling on your life. Daughter of the King, you are divinely called for a purpose. If someone else is already doing the thing you want to do, you don’t get a free pass because you are scared you won’t measure up.

I recently listened to a podcast by Christy Wright, and her guest Lisa Bevere had lost an eye to cancer as a teenager. She said if you give the world an excuse why you can’t do something, they will agree with you.” If you tell the world you can’t, they won’t stand up for you and say, Oh no girl, you’ve got this! No, they’ll say, You’re right, it’s better if you don’t try. Save yourself the disappointment. Isn’t that what we do? We don’t try, because it’s just easier. We just settle with where we are, because we are so afraid we won’t make it to our destination. (By the way, in school she thought she would never be able to type. She now publishes her own books!).

I’m here to tell you that yearning in the pit of your stomach- whether its ministry, business or whatever you desire- it’s your calling. God put it there, because He knew you could do it. When we see others winning at what we want to do, we get blindsided and think we don’t have a chance. According to Lisa, we need to realize there is power in community not comparison. We all fall into the trap, but we can’t forget that we have our own purpose. We bring something unique to the table. We need to cheer on our sisters in their accomplishments and not quit our own path. God equips the called, He doesn’t call the equipped (Phil 1:6).

You can stop listening to the comparison lies, because you are victorious. You are more than a conqueror. And you will not be satisfied until you start living in your calling. Your abundant life is waiting. Are you ready to take the next step? Go ahead.

OX- Crystal

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