Day 29: Comparison

Children "don't worry that they may not be as good as DiChirico or Bracque; they know intuitively that it is folly to make comparisons, and they go ahead and say what they want to say." - Madeleine L'Engle
Gifts should never be thought of quantitatively. - Madeleine L'Engle

God has a purpose for us, but we can't always see what that is. Often I want someone else's career and success in life. I see them looking popular and content, but I don't see their past or present trials. I want to skip the doubting, the unknowing, the fear that he or she probably already went through. 

God has things to teach us during difficult times. I may not like the lessons at all, but trials do lead me back to Christ when I am tempted to think I can or ought to do everything on my own strength.

Who are you to think you are better than our Lord? After all, he was singularly unsuccessful with a great many people. - Canon Tallis in Walking on Water

It is God who does great things, as "our all our righteous acts are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). It is God who has given us salvation, not ourselves, for we were "created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Right now, we are enough. God has made us to be enough.

For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139: 13-16
But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. James 3:14-16

What are you thankful for today?

What part of yourself do you feel is irredeemable? Maybe God wants to use that part of you that is "fearfully and wonderfully made."