Thursday, May 30, 2019

You are God's Masterpiece

I’ve got news for you. You know that girl? The one who you look at and think “Man, I wish I could be more like her. She has a great life, a beautiful home, a perfect family, a full bank account, the best job, tons of friends and seems to have it all together.” The one you compare your life with and think “I want to be like her when I grow up. Everything in her life is so great and if my life were like hers I’d be happy.” (We all have a girl like that in our lives- I know I sure do!) That girl doesn’t have it all together and her life is far from perfect- no matter what it looks like on the outside.. Seriously she DOES NOT. She has struggles and pain and daily feels like she is a big giant mess. She’s lonely and feels left out and often thinks she’s a huge fat failure. She’s flawed and anxious and worries about her marriage and her family. She fails at things daily, loses her temper (no matter how nice she seems on social media) and often lays awake at night on the regular worrying that she’s not smart enough or strong enough or spiritual enough and just not plain enough. She fears rejection and embarrassment and struggles with her weight and her bank account. She yells at her kids, is rude to her husband, and cries over broken relationships. That girl? She’s just like you and you have to stop comparing yourself to her and wishing that you had her life. Why? Because that’s exactly what Satan wants you to do.

Did you know that comparison is one of Satan’s greatest tools? It is. He loves to have us compare ourselves with others like “that girl” so that he can sabotage God’s plans for our lives. He encourages us to compare because that comparison can cause us to give up on what God is calling US to do. He wants us to compare our weaknesses to someone else’s strengths and that’s just plain not fair. We must never forget what Satan is trying to do. John 10:10 tells us exactly what he’s doing: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;”. Not just mess with us and our lives- he is out to kill, steal, and destroy us. He’s not playing- he is serious and we must remember that always.

Each of us is created uniquely and specifically by God. YOU were created uniquely and specifically by God. When we compare ourselves to others we are saying that we are not satisfied with how God created us which is actually an insult to our creator. We shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to others- but instead to compare ourselves to the word of God and our obedience to it. God made me and you exactly as we are- on purpose. We each have a purpose that NO one else can fulfill.

He reminds us of this in Psalm 139: 13-18 says:
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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.
How amazing is that? Every single one of us was formed by God in our mother’s womb- hand knit in the exact way that our creator desired. He created us and y’all...He doesn’t make mistakes. Ever.

My prayer today is that we are reminded that God created each of us specifically and uniquely and for a purpose. That we remember that He made only one of us and He did so to fulfill something that only we could do. That we stop comparing ourselves with others, wishing to be “that girl” because God hand picked each of our abilities- every single one (and also, "that girl"'s life is far from perfect- I promise). That we stop looking at others and what they are and have, and instead focus on God’s word and what He says. He created us, He loves us, and He put us in this world for a purpose- we are His masterpiece.