Years ago – and I mean years ago – I led the Women’s Ministry at Hickory Community Chapel. Today I came across some handwritten notes that I used once upon a time. What a sweet memory! It’s also a sweet touch from the Lord, reminding me how He’s expanded my ministry in amazing ways since those days.
It’s easy to compare ourselves to others and wish for MORE: More talent, more influence, more this, that, or the other. But you know what? God made each of us. He gives each of His children at least one spiritual gift. He is sovereign. And He uses us according to His will—not our own.
Let’s not compare ourselves, which is really a form of ingratitude. Let’s fix “our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith … consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:2-3).
Looking at Jesus lifts our heads up and protects us from focusing on ourselves. Oh, how we need to practice this more in our self-focused world. People don’t need to see us. They desperately need to see JESUS.