Do you find that at times you compare yourself with others? I see a lot of it in baseball, and I’m not necessarily speaking of the players here. A lot of times it is their significant others. Lots of competition goes on in the stands during ballgames, too. The past couple of weeks as ‘Sports Illustrated’ released their Swimsuit Issue, we were bombarded with how at age 63, Christie Brinkley is perfection. It kind of makes the rest of us around her age, take a look in the mirror and wonder about our own physical appearance. Are we worthy enough with our wrinkles and all these things beginning to sag? Well, we have to step back and remember that most of us don’t have “people” like Christie does. Yes, she is a beautiful woman, but I would venture to say that a lot of it is an illusion. It takes some work, and I don’t mean just exercise and eating healthy.
Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we need to ask ourselves, “Is there anyone else in this world like me?” The answer is no. God created each of us to be unique and for His purpose. Each and every one of us is special to Him. Each and every one of us has a gift, a talent to be used. Instead of wasting our time worrying ourselves with what someone else is, or does, or has, we need to concentrate on what is special and unique about what I am, what I can do, or what I have that sets me apart from every other human on this planet. Then take those things and use them to the best of our ability. That’s what God expects from His most precious creation. That’s how we show Him love and appreciation for what He has made us to be.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. 15 You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! 16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! Psalm 139:13-15
10 God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings. 11 Are you called to preach? Then preach as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies so that God will be glorified through Jesus Christ—to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-1