The bottle I held in my hand claimed to be the "aging miracle" the world wanted. For a mere $249.99, I, too, get to have all the energy I need, firm skin with no wrinkles, and a memory that forgets nothing. Everywhere I turn, the world is younger, thinner, and getting more done than me. When you look at it as $2.78 a pill, it could be worth it, right?
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
Comparison robs us of our confidence. The enemy uses it to make us feel less then. I, of course, didn't buy the miracle vitamin. I was having a moment of wanting to look better and feel healthier. As I think about it, though, I've been on this earth for nearly 58 years. Maybe I've earned the wrinkles and sag. Perhaps it is ok to run only 2 or 3 miles instead of 5 or 6. After all, I am a work of art, fearfully and wonderfully made. That is true for my entire life, not just my youth.
We are not here by accident. God knit us in our mama's wombs to be just the way he intended us to be. We are not a mistake! We are a work of art, cherished by a Father that loves us beyond measure. Just the way we are!
Before the days of Covid, I was sitting in an actual meeting with real people at the same table when one woman was telling us her Mom was coming to visit. She was lamenting that her house was not up to Mom standards for clean, and she didn't have time to get it there. I listened to her and thought to myself, "At least you still have your Mom. You should just be thankful she is coming." How dare she complain about time with her Mother! I couldn't stop thinking about how unfair it was that someone that didn't appreciate her mother got to keep her.
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." Ephesians 1:4-7 (NIV)
Comparison robs us of our time. How many minutes did I spend angry that someone was having a Mom moment? Those are minutes I could have spent on encouraging my own time with Jesus, and there are so many better ways to spend the time God has granted me. And can I tell you a secret? I used to complain about how my Mom always questioned my hairstyle. It became a joke with my husband, how long before she mentions my hair. Here I was judging when I was just as guilty when I was blessed to have my Mom here.
Redemption is such a beautiful gift! We are blessed that God uses the blood of Christ to sanctify us, even when we are more human than holy. He loves us so much he chooses to forgive us according to His grace, rather than what we deserve. I am so thankful for that truth!
How many times have we analysed ourselves and come up lacking? How many times have we felt somewhat superior to another? How many minutes have we wasted comparing things that are not comparable?
You are chosen, beautiful, and redeemed. She is chosen, beautiful, and redeemed. There is so much beauty in this! I encourage you to rise above this thief that steals our joy, confidence, and time. Grab onto God's love, mercy and grace to be the difference in this world!
We all have one purpose, to share Jesus, so everyone has the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. Each one of us is unique in our image and have been given specific gifts, experiences, and passions to fulfill that purpose.
Throughout the Bible, Jesus has used women at strategic times to get things done; Deborah, Esther, Abigail, the wise woman, Mary Magdeline, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, to name a few. Ladies, I believe that this is our finest hour! Let's stop the comparison so we can do the work we are ordained by God to do!
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)