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    I think sometimes regular people like you and me can put ourselves in the awkward position of comparing ourselves to others, especially those who have gone before us.  We might compare our mundane life with the glamorous version of another’s life.  For example, some might say, “Francis was clearly holier than me, so there’s no way I can impact the world for Christ like he did!”  Others might lament, “Clara is bright and loving, no wonder she did so many great things for the Kingdom!”  ENOUGH!

    Yes, Francis and Clara did incredible things for the Kingdom of God.  I am so thankful that they left a remarkable example of faithfulness to Christ in word and deed.  

    But dear reader, please hear me.  Don’t compare your situation to the life of another.  You will never be like those two, so be more like the person God wants you to be.

    These great saints were not miraculously gifted with more spirituality than you.  Sure, they might have worked harder in the sense that they carved out time to be with God, that can certainly be said.  But the gifts that God has given you can be used in incredible ways.  You or I might not be the next great reformer of the Church, but that’s OK.  

    Be who God wants you to be, be the person who is rooted in Christ.

    You see, God wants you to honor him with your talents.  I will never match the feats of Bach or Michelangelo, and I need to come to terms with that.  What I need to do is be faithful in what God has given me, and use my life to honor him.  I don’t necessarily need to model my life after Francis or Clara, stripping myself of all my possessions and roaming the countryside preaching.  

    We don’t have to be radical like that to be faithful to the gospel of Jesus.  As I have mentioned before, God deals with us individually and not all in the same way.  While some might need to sell all they have and move into an inner city somewhere, others will need to remain in their jobs in their respective industries.  As Matthew Lee Anderson wrote in a recent article in Christianity Today, we can embody a radical faith when we travel like the “Good Samaritan” and help those we come across.  We come across people in need every day, whether it is in a corporate job, a vacation to Yosemite, or a short-term missions trip.  And it is in those times that we can do something radical, taking the time to stop and help those we might meet and reach out to them in “quiet, practical, and loving ways.”  That is how we can honor God in our lives.

  • Love it! Be the person who God made you to be. Parts of the past week I’ve been thinking poorly of myself as I compare myself to others who appear to me as being more spiritual than myself. That’s get me nowhere! Just deeper into depression while at the same time missing out on what God wants to do in me.

    • I wish I could say I never felt that EXACT same way. I bet the person I view as having it all together views another person that way too, and they view another person that way too. What a vicious cycle and a bunch of Malarkey!

      Keep on going, Thomas, you are doing great things for the Kingdom!

  • Jeremy,

    Really appreciate your words here and love how your writing is evolving. You ARE a writer, who knew?! 🙂 This post really inspired and encouraged me to be more involved.

    I’ve been reading a lot lately how God uses the ‘weaker’ things to glorify His kingdom. Boast more in your weaknesses, Jeremy. Accept them. God made us all for and with a purpose. Use everything He has given you and glorify HIM.

    Godspeed, friend!

    • I’m glad they were helpful, and thank you for the advice/encouragement. That theme on “weak” and “foolish” has been on mind lately, just read over II Corinthians with that passage.

      Always blows my mind that he picks us out of the bargain bin and decides to use us!

  • Jeremy, I couldn’t agree more. Great post! Being a human that needs to be knocked upside head several times before I get it, I fall back into comparison mode occasionally. But what helped me more than anything was a process of self-discovery – learning who God made me to be and how He wired me.

    To take writing as an example, I can’t compare myself to Donald Miller or Michael Hyatt. I’ve only been blogging for two years. However, I can recognize the awesome friendships He has brought me through the journey, and I can see growth and development in my writing.

    • You’re absolutely right, Chris. We really do need to remain faithful to who God made us to be. I once heard someone say, “Be yourself- everyone else is taken.”

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