“There is a time for everything…” (Ecclesiastes 3)
Reflecting on the past and studying the present can bring about many realizations; some good, and some bad. Life brings about so many obstacles and different seasons that can send us into a muddy haze, and before we catch it, it may have torn us apart or built us up. It is important to keep in mind that through it all, this is the plan that the Lord has mapped out for us and He wishes for us to keep Him in the center through it all. At times, life can seem to be throwing us so many curveballs that we forget to trust God and depend on ourselves out of human nature. It’s easy to get caught up in worldly pleasures and forget who God has called us to be. We get caught up in the day to day competition of being better than someone else rather than bettering ourselves.
Here, I’m telling you it’s okay to be human, and it’s okay to be competitive and to want to be a better person. But at the end of the day, you will continue to be who you are and not the person you are trying to one up. There are times when we beat ourselves up too much because we aren’t the best at something, but we all have different talents and it’s important to pray for the integrity to stay true to our talents so that we stay true to the Lord, and also the path He has designed for us. Living in a world of media we are constantly compared to prettier, smarter, athletic or more talented people. This is where the Lord calls us to pray for discernment and protection of the heart. Although someone may have something “better” going for them, this is measured by societal means and not by the direction God is providing us. So next time you find yourself feeling less than another or maybe worthless, I hope that you’ll pray that the Lord will continuously remind you of where you are going in this life, why He has placed you on this temporary earth, how you should always keep Him near, and pray for his protection and discernment of your comparison of your self worth due to “worldly” values.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. (Philippians 1: 9-10)