I love this quote. I repeat. I. LOVE. THIS. QUOTE.
I think so often it’s human nature to compare. For whatever reason we’re in a day and age where you feel the need to measure up to everyone around you or even supersede someone else. This could be at work, at school, in a social circle, online, really anywhere. It’s unfortunate behavior but we’re all guilty of it at one time or another for various reasons.
Anyway I was in the shower last night. And I don’t remember what I was doing once I turned the water off. I was probably spacing out. I wasn’t even thinking negative thoughts about my body or anything other than that I was drying off and a loud voice declared “You are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made”. I looked at myself in the mirror once I was wrapped in my towel and that was about it. I went to bed. But I jotted that down in my phone before I totally passed out.
When we think of what Fear means it’s usually negative and relating to dread, anxiety, and an overall emotion that something unpleasant is going to happen. However there is also an implication of fear in regards to “reverence and awe” like the fear of God. In that way fearfully is closer to marvelously. We are MARVELOUSLY made–supernaturally made–astonishingly made–miraculously made–because we are a reflection of the Creator of all things we should treat ourselves and each other with deep respect.
Therefore it’s counter-productive to be comparing our perceived “weaknesses” to the “perceived” strengths of others when we were all made by the same God.
Charles Swindoll once said:
“Peter must have thought, “Who am I compared to Mr. Faithfulness (John)?” But Jesus clarified the issue. John was responsible for John. Peter was responsible for Peter. And each had only one command to heed: “Follow Me.” (John 21:20-22)”
Exactly. We don’t need to be looking around at other people to see if we measure up. Christ justified us at the Cross. And all we need to look to is Him. To aspire to be like him. No one else. It’s in the Bible in fact:
1 Peter 5: 6-7 “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs.”
Romans 15:3-6 “Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!”
Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing.”
It is very important to God that we are unified, none of us striving, none of us feeling less than or greater than. So why should our perception of our good efforts always be measured less?
Remember today that YOU ARE fearfully and wonderfully made in your own right. Unique and special and reflective of a different aspect of God’s love, creativity and passion.
For other writers: “Don’t always be appraising yourself, wondering if you are better or worse than other writers. “I will not Reason and Compare,” said Blake; “my business is to Create.” Besides, since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of Time, you are incomparable. ”
― Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
For everyone: “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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