March 18 2019
In our world, through advertisement, social media, and other avenues, we are taught to compare ourselves to others. We can do this by thinking we are better than someone else, or we are not as good as someone else. Whether it is our looks, our job, our feeling of inclusion/acceptance, or even our age. If I was only…..(fill in the blank).
So here is the third promise I have made to myself. I promise not to compare myself to others. This one is an extremely hard one for me because I am told everyone has a strong opinion about the music. Here is total transparency on my part. We just went through our yearly evaluations. 99% of it was extremely positive and encouraging. And yet!!!! That 1% that made me feel that no matter what I do, I am never good enough for those “evaluating” me sent me spiraling for a couple of weeks. I reached out to some people that helped me walk through the emotions, but being called to lead people is no easy task.
Part of these emotions that can trap me and trap you is because we, sometimes unknowingly, compare ourselves to others. 2 Corinthians 10:12-13 says “for we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.”
God has given us the manual called the Bible. In it, we can see the standard. It is not in others. It is in the Holy Word of God. God has given us a way to walk through this life that gives that freedom to be who He has formed us to be. He has promised us in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has a plan for each of us. Not a plan built on someone else, but uniquely designed for us. To get a clear picture of this though, we must back up a verse in Jeremiah 29 where it talks about timing. Look at Jeremiah 29:10 where it lays out a timeline. Part of the reason we compare ourselves to others is that we see that they have something already that God has a perfect timing and design for us and it doesn’t need to be what He has done for someone else.
Wait, and the Lord’s timing and will for us will be poured out in good measure designed for us.
Yes! Life is fleeting, and yet God’s timing of it all for those plans will not be missed if we walk in Scripture rather than designing our lives to look like someone else’s.
Okay, this week the choir begins with a song by Travis Cottrell titled “The Reason” sung by the choir and Jeff Nemec. As far as the congregational time, we sing one of my favorite songs titled “Lion and the Lamb.” We continue with “Forever Reign,” and “Heart Abandoned.” We learned a song a few weeks ago that is new for us titled “Build My Life.” This will be our response time. I hope that, like always, you will listen and get these songs in your heart and mind before Sunday.