Tuesday, March 22, 2011

God Made You Uniquely Special {Oh & Me Too}

I had one of those moments this morning during quiet time. Maybe you've had one of these...
I realized something I have been trying to ingrain{is that a word?} into my children and even some of my girlfriends is actually something the Lord has been trying to teach me! Duh.
It started last week at Titus2 when the speaker said "Utilize your own talents, don't seek after others." And what was I thinking?" Oh I know a few people who should really hear this". I like to think God was laughing at me just a little as I had that thought.
Then I started thinking how important it is for my children to understand this.  Specifically my oldest, who even though he is more than capable, has no interest in playing any sports. Although we have been able to sucker him into golf he would much rather be reading or writing than playing football with his friends. I want him to know that is wonderful and part of what makes him the boy God made him to be. I Want him to know God doesn't make mistakes and he should never let anyone tell him differently.
This was all reinforced last night during our family devotional time. It was a discussion about why the only person we should strive to emulate is Jesus. Knowing God made us just the way we are means we don't have to compare ourselves to anyone else.

For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son. Romans 8:29

As I was having my quiet time this morning I realized this message was for ME. Why do I compare myself to others, wishing I had the same gifts or treasures? Why do I spend time in awe of other's talents instead of cultivating my own? I don't throw perfectly elegant dinner parties but my home is a place where people are welcome any time for a meal and some fellowship. I probably won't ever learn how to sew but I can make a beautiful handmade card. Why am I not fixing my eyes on what is eternal? The truth is the Lord has brought me a long way in this area and I am so grateful to Him. While I still harbor certain insecurities I know my Maker and I know He loves me. I want to please Him and no one else. How can I teach my children this or help a friend see her worth if I cannot see my own?  Today I will see my worth through my Saviour's eyes, will you?

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and it's inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. "Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations." Isaiah 51:6-8


Nikki said...

Oh, how I love this post! Be grateful for the way God made us (me). Thank you for this post!

Meredith said...

Great post! Someone recently pointed it out to me like this, "you don't want to be like her, then you'd have your problems and her problems too". But either way, I just have to focus and appreciate the gifts I've been given. I bet Jesus only expects Martha Stewart to be....Martha Stewart.

Mom2One said...

I'm notorious for comparing myself to others which can be VERY damaging to my self esteem. Thankfully God has given me the same revelation as you. I'm not perfect, and I still struggle with comparison sometimes...BUT I know that God made me unique and I'm just now getting OK with that. (at 31 years of age....lol BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, right?? ) Thank you for reading my blog. I sincerely enjoy reading yours.

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

I love your blog Jami! You are definitely a city on a hill and I love that! Following along with you as I try to be a Proverbs 31 Woman too! :)