Experiencing the abundant blessing of life itself as a gift from God is precious and transformative. This is often soured and distorted when we engage in the practice of comparing ourselves with others, their circumstances, gifts or ministries.
Many think that lack, anxiety or resources are the issue but actually the problem is comparison. When we try to fill our emptiness with ‘stuff’ or achievement we are merely papering over the cracks. We must lose the compulsion to measure ourselves and our lives by looking at other people.
When we simply receive the experience of being alive, we begin to discover the eternal reality of abundance, joy, fulfilment and love. This changes our perception of pretty much everything but especially of ourselves.
We are co-heirs with Jesus over all creation with no need to slavishly run after the hollow, shallow and temporal trifles that so many spend their life chasing. You were not designed to feel empty, insignificant or fearful – the Creator has said so!
So why the ‘disconnect’? Why is there a chasm between our reality and the one offered to us by God? The only affirmation we need are God’s! If we live peaceably with all, stay intimately and relationally connected to Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit, we need not concern ourselves with other people’s opinion of us.
Refrain from judging others but also refrain from judging yourself by comparing the unique you with the unique others. Most of the conclusions we come to when we compare ourselves with others are erroneous anyway!
You are alive, so touch, smell, see and hear what is around you – heighten your senses and live in appreciation of the moment; sense creation’s vibe and song. Perceive that your life here on earth is but a segment of an eternal continuum. All that we need to live our life to the full has been provided by the one who gave us that life and whose breath is at the very core of our being. Our collaboration with God, if it’s unconditional and intentional, will bring us to a place of exuberance and joy regardless of the circumstances of life. It was His plan for us all along!
“We wouldn’t dare put ourselves in the same class or compare ourselves with those who rate themselves so highly. They compare themselves to one another and make up their own standards to measure themselves by and then they judge themselves by their own standards. What self- delusion!” (2 Cor 10:12)
“You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part.” (1 Cor 12:27)
– Navigator Jo