Overcoming Comparison

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We can learn a lot about our Creator by looking at His creation. The earth is full of uniqueness. Marked by diversity. It’s impossible to find two trees that look exactly the same. No two mountains are identical. Each and every snow flake contains it’s own special design. And of course, every single person is different from every other. Even “identical twins” have their own personalities, character traits, likes and dislikes. It seems to be clear – the Father absolutely delights in individuality. And yet, many of us find ourselves comparing ourselves to other people, even wishing we were someone else. We say to our selves, “if only I was as gifted as that person..”, “if only I was as smart as them…” or “what i would do to trade lives with that person”.

Could it be that sometimes we simply lose sight of who we really are? The truth is, each and every one of us is designed so uniquely by God, that we can each touch His heart in a way that no one else can. God doesn’t just love you in some generic sense. He actually likes you. You touch His emotions. He takes tremendous delight in you. The more we understand this, the more we will like ourselves. It causes us to be comfortable in our own skin. That’s why when God called the Prophet Jeremiah He told Him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). In essence, God was saying, “Jeremiah, before you were even conceived I knew every intimate detail about you, and I liked what I saw”. Before God gave Jeremiah his assignment, He gave him his identity. He wants to do the same for you and me.

The prophet Isaiah declard, “the whole earth is filled with His glory!” (Isaiah 6:3) It’s true. All of creation points to the glory of God (see Romans 1:20). That’s why when God created the earth He said it was good. However, as good as the earth is, nothing in His creation displays His nature like you and I. We bear the very image of God Himself.

Not only do you touch God’s heart in a way that no one else can, you also display His nature in a way that no one else can. The way you were designed – your personality, giftedness and what you love to do displays a unique facet of His glory. Therefore, the moment you try to be someone else is the moment you start doing the world a disservice. The world needs who you are. The world needs you to be yourself.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you… the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1-2

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