Even when it comes to letting our light shine, we can all easily fall into a comparison trap.
We look at others and wonder how they do it all. We see their talents and know we'd never measure up. They're giving money to multiple charities, tucking checks we could never write into envelopes. They always have the right words to say. They are the first to volunteer, the first with a great new idea about sharing the gospel. They sing like angels and craft like Martha and cook like Paula. They are in the driver's seat, car idling, ready to go wherever, whenever.
Their hair probably looks fabulous all the time. No pimples. They smell good.
They are perfect shiny Jesus people.
Here's the thing, y'all.
Your shine is never going to look the same as theirs. Not gonna happen. It's not supposed to. God designed you to be unique and so you are. With your own talents, strengths, resources and weaknesses. Your own story. Your own walk to walk.
You are needed. You.
We are all called to shine, but it doesn't mean we are called to do exactly the same things, exactly the same way.
There is so much to be done. So many people to reach. Every second of every day. Let's not waste precious time and energy comparing or keeping up with the Joneses. By all means, be inspired by others, but our true inspiration and motivation comes from Jesus and His love.
After all, He's what this whole thing, this whole life, is all about.
Shine on, you.
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"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it."
- from 1 Corinthians 12