As I was driving last week, I was listening to K-love on the radio. I was not paying much attention ...
... to the radio (I am sure that I was focused on my driving), but all of a sudden something the woman on the radio said, jumped out at me. It was during one of their “Encouraging Words” segments. The woman on the radio was quoting a friend as she said, and I am paraphrasing this... “I can never measure up to others, because I am always comparing the outside of them to the inside of me”.
The minute I heard this, I thought what did she just say?? How true is that! I do the same thing and I never realized it. It was freeing for me to just hearing it put into words and being able to identify with those words. I always compare myself with others, their lives, looks, personalities, and I am comparing what I feel on my inside, with what I see or assume for them. How unmeasurable is that?
Why do I even compare myself to others, in any form? God's word tells us that we are each special. In Ephesians 2:10, we are told; “For we are God's Masterpeice. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God created me, little ole me, how special is that? Why is that not enough for me? Why do I want to have hair like Sharon Stone's or Hallie Berry's body, or be as wealthy and famous as Oprah? (a girl can dream, can't she!).
As I think this through, the saying...”The grass is always greener, on the other side” comes to mind. Even if I had hair like Sharon or a body like Hallie, or all of Oprah's money, that would not guarantee happiness. It would not help me fulfill God's directions for me. I would not have peace. There would always be something else that I would aspire to, some other desire.
The words on the radio are putting me into action. I am choosing to work on letting go of measuring my insides with others outsides. I am letting go of wanting; and choosing to put my energy into living the life that God has planned for me. I will really have to work at this, years of old and bad habits to acknowledge and stop, but it is God asks of us. To be the best me I can be, I have to stay focused on God's love for me and the life Jesus gave for me. Join me on this new path.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything.