If there’s one thing I know it’s this: the measuring stick will get you stuck! Comparison is the devil’s tool that has kept many of us gals from stepping into our God-given destinies…and it’s time to stop!
I hung out with Moses by the burning bush for about a year, and he taught me a lot about how to get back your confidence.
When I met up with him in Exodus chapter 3, he was an insecure, stuttering recluse. He argues with God, tells Him that he is not a good speaker, and strongly suggests He picks someone else for the job of delivering the Hebrews from slavery.
But, Moses hadn’t always been so insecure. Look what Stephen said to the Sanhedrin: “Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and actions” (Acts 7:22).
He was powerful in speech? That’s what The Book says.
So what happened? Moses failed and bailed and ran away to Midian. Thought he deserved to be there. Got stuck there.[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””] Moses forgot his pre-ordained preparation and his God-given ability.[/clickandtweet]
Oh, I wish I were sitting right there with you and we could just chat and throw around ideas. For now, I’ll just ask you this question and maybe one day we’ll sit and talk long.
How do you think that Moses came up with the idea that he was not a good speaker? Here’s what I think. I think that Moses came up with the idea by comparing himself to other people he thought were good speakers.
It’s the same way with you and me.
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Comparison opens the door for sabotaging lies to steal our confidence, stymie our courage, and stand in the way of our contentment.[/clickandtweet]
[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Comparison puts up roadblocks along the path to fulfilling our God-given calling by setting an undefined standard of approval and acceptance.[/clickandtweet]
We fear the REJECT stamp will come crashing down with wet ink that mars all of life.
We fear that we are perhaps fatally flawed as confidence seeps through the holes of insecurity punctured and punctuated by comparison.
We compare our abilities to someone else’s and come to this conclusion: I could never do it like she does it. And you know what? You were never meant to! God doesn’t need two people just alike. He has uniquely and precisely created you with specific gifts and talents to do exactly what He has called you to do.
So get good at being you!
David wrote: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Ps. 139: 13, 14 emphasis added). He knew what full well? In these particular verses, David wasn’t praising God for the way He flung the stars in the night sky, set the spinning earth on its axis, or stocked the oceans with sea creatures of every kind. David was marveling at the magnificent masterpiece called David. Me. You. He knew that full well.
You are God’s workmanship. His masterpiece—His grand finale of all creation.
Do you know that full well? You are amazing!
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