Stop Comparing & Be You!

Romans 12:4-6 (MSG)
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.
A few days ago during my quiet time I read this passage of scripture and it really jumped off the page to me.  I've read this passage many times before, but never in The Message version.   I love the entire chapter of Romans 12, but I want to focus on these few verses in this post today.

What is my purpose?  I believe that is the question we have all asked at some point in time.  In working with women, I hear it often.  I too have asked this question many times.  I think we far too often compare our purpose with someone else's thus feeling envious and inadequate. We spend way too much time trying to be someone who we aren't. We seem to constantly be striving to pursue someone else's gifts instead of seeing the beauty in what He has uniquely gifted us with.

I believe the enemy loves to spend his time trying to cause us to look at someone else, to long for what they have, or to enter a constant pursuit of trying to one-up them.  He does this so that we will be distracted & not fulfill the specific purpose that God has created us uniquely for. He also does this to cause division in the body. 

Like it says in this passage, we are all apart of the body.  We each play an important role.  By playing our part, we find fulfillment and meaning by being who we are created to be.  But, when we spend of all of our time longing to be someone else, we find ourselves disillusioned, bitter, jealous and unfulfilled. 

I heard Pastor David Crank say this past weekend that we are each given a unique thumbprint which in turn makes a unique imprint.  Quit comparing.  You are a major part of the puzzle.  You are an important piece. Be you!

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