Thursday, October 1

My thoughts on chapter one. . .

There are so many parts in this first chapter that are worthy to be talked about, but I think the one I would most like to talk about today happens to be the same quote that Barb quoted on Monday.

If I live intentionally, being true to my own personality, serving out of my God-given giftedness and calling, I no longer feel a need to envy anyone else’s career, marriage, ministry, talents, or mission.

I think this quote could quite possibly change lives for the best if we women would actually put it into practice. I think one of the greatest tragedies with women in general is our unbelievable ability to compare ourselves to others (and I do not mean that in a good sense). One thing I have learned in my short life is that I can ALWAYS find a woman who has more than I do and one who has less. I think comparing myself either way is very dangerous and is not what God desires for me. Just think what could happen if we rejoiced with other women in their strengths and abilities while focusing on our own. We are all made in the image of God, designed by Him to use the gifts He gave us to ultimately glorify Him. When we compare ourselves to others we are basically telling God He made a mistake. When you think of that out loud you realize how really silly that sounds.

I challenge you to stop looking around at others and comparing yourself to them (either because they seem to more gifted or less gifted than you) and start focusing on all the gifts that God has given you. God has a purpose for you and your life alone-one that no other person can fulfill but you. Isn’t that amazing. . . isn’t that empowering? Put your trust in God. He did not make a mistake when he made you the way He did. Take your eyes off others and look up.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Could you elaborate on "ones who have less?" This phrase makes me feel uncomfortable for some reason though I can't pinpoint why.