Finding the Remarkable Within
Have you ever asked, "What's wrong with me? Why am I different?" Do you tend to compare yourself with others? Have you watched a friend succeed and wondered why you can't excel in the same way? You're not alone.
Comparing ourselves with others is a trap the evil one uses to tempt us with lies about who we are and how God created us. I've been in that trap before.
As a young woman, I wondered why I wasn't more like my older brother who seemed perfect in every way. I asked myself, What's wrong with me? Why can't I be more like him?
One time a friend told me that I'm remarkable. I laughed out loud. Still chuckling, I responded, "No way! Not me! That's the funniest thing I've ever heard!"
However, as I thought about it, I realized that we are all remarkable. God designed each of us as a remarkable woman (Ps. 139:13–14). He created within each individual His choice of amazing characteristics, strengths, gifts, and abilities.
You may not feel remarkable right now. I understand that feeling, but it's important that we do not let our feelings define us.
We cannot truly live according to God's amazing design apart from a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for (Eph.1:11). God promised to show us what is best for us and direct us in the way we should go (Isa. 48:17). What a great promise!
Here's a challenge for you: take some time and make a list of what you do well. What are your God-given strengths and abilities? What do you enjoy doing? What comes natural for you without a lot of effort? What remarkable gifts do you possess that no one recognizes? For example, you may be a great listener, but everybody makes a big deal over someone who expresses herself well. Your gift for listening is no less valuable than her gift for speaking.
Here are some random questions to help you get started:
- Are you fun-loving and creative?
- Do you enjoy chatting and laughing with friends?
- Are you calm and quiet?
- Do you like to stay in the background, spending time alone?
- Are you good at analyzing facts and figures?
- Do you care deeply about other people?
- Is your first concern getting your work done on time?
- Do you organize others to get group projects completed?
Of course, our strengths and abilities are not reasons for being arrogant and prideful. They are gifts from God, given to us so that we can serve Him (Eph. 2:10). Jesus said that His followers do good works so people will see them and give glory to God. Our actions should cause others to praise God (Matt. 5:16).
As you consider your list of strengths and abilities, ask God how He wants you to use them for His honor and glory. Make a commitment to use your gifts to help someone during the next two days.
God's design choices for you as an individual were carefully selected. Are you willing to live according to His purpose? Are you ready to refuse the lies that come from comparing yourself with others? Can you find the remarkable within yourself?
This post was written by Ruth Beeler Crow.
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