Updated: Apr 7
This post is updated and reposted from November 2019.
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. So it could be worth it when you look at it as $2.78 a pill, 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 than. Of course, I 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 60 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.
After all, I am a work of art, fearfully and wonderfully made. That is true for my entire life, not just my youth.
Friends, you are not here by accident. God knit you in your mama's womb to be just as he intended you. You are not a mistake! You are a work of art, cherished by a Father that loves you beyond measure. Just the way you are!
I recently heard a friend talking about her mother coming to visit. She was lamenting that her house was not up to Mom's standards for clean, and she didn't have time to get it there. I listened to her and thought, "At least you still have your Mom. You should 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 so much, including our time. How many minutes did I spend angry that someone was having a Mom moment? I could have spent those minutes basking in my own time with Jesus. 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 mentioned my hair. Here I was judging when I was just as guilty when blessed to have my Mom here on earth.
Redemption is such a beautiful gift! We are so 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 analyzed ourselves and come up lacking? How often have we felt somewhat superior to another? Can we even count the minutes we have wasted comparing things that are not comparable?
We are so blessed that God uses the blood of Christ to sanctify us, even when we are more human than holy.
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 of us is unique and has specific gifts, experiences, and passions to fulfill that purpose.
Throughout the Bible, God has used women at strategic times to get things done; Deborah, Esther, Abigail, the wise woman, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus, to name a few. Ladies, it’s our turn! Let's stop the comparison so we can do the work God ordains us 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)