My life has been mental this week. Like the “I don’t have time to eat dinner” kind of mental. Thats not a good thing. And definitely not what God wants. I’ve looked at the life of others and mine and compared them. I’ve seen them spinning all their plates in a perfect pile and what feels like lots of plates- but not all, falling down around me.
The truth about comparision is that it limits your ability to see the truth about yourself and others. Anything that is an unhealthy limit is not of God.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16v7
To know the full efffect of this verse we must look at who samuel annoited before. Saul. A man who was tall, and really beautiful – like Ian Somerhalder kind of beautiful. He was exactly what a king should look like he was by far the most obvious candidate for the job. Yet God chose david. Someone who was at best average; average age, average looks, and who had an at best average job. He chose someone who was just a name in a crowd, part of a band of brothers and said ‘look at his heart – it has only room for me’.
You see God doesn’t compare you, he doesn’t look at your gifts and match them up with someone else’s and says I’ll use them, they know better, they speak better, they look better. He looks at your heart. Looks into all the little cracks, investigates it so thoroughly and calls you according to that. He calls you in your mess, he calls you even when plates are flying all around.
Please Stop comparing. Stop limiting yourself, stop limiting in turn your belief in what God can do. For when you limit the belief of what God can do in your life you limit what you believe he can do in someone elses. The world needs Jesus, the world needs more people who act, talk and believe the words and life of Jesus. The world needs more of the real you. You can’t be more called, better designed or more ‘perfect’ for Jesus. He made you, he knows you and he calls you – to what you are called to do.