If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Today I reflect on how thankful I am that I don't live in a mindset of constantly comparing myself to others. I think I had some time in that zone though and can distinctly recall the moment I decided that it wasn't important to me. It's liberating to be ourselves and not feel like we have to measure up or be like someone else. After all, our goal should be to be more Christ-like and not more people like.
I watched a photography related video today that brought tears to my eyes as the presenter talked about ego and how he used to try to build himself up to be something that he wasn't....and I thought about US. I mean the real us; the US behind all the facades and mask and accolades and nice things people say to build us up. How oftentimes we present our selves to be someone we aren't. We say we're praying and reading God's word when the truth is we barely pick up our bibles---that US!
I wonder what would happen if people were real, genuine and sincere and didn't try to be something that they aren't. If people didn't try to make themselves look big when inside they feel small and insignificant. What would happen if people stopped trying to fake it till they make it?
Ego is a person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance and it matters big time where we draw that sense of self-importance from.
I am important and so are you but the approval of man has little weight in the big scheme of things. What is God saying about us collectively and individually, that's what matters. In the end, that's all that matters!
I'm just ThinkingOutLoud, it's really not as complicated as we've made it. We don't have to be any more or any less than what God says we are. We don't have to downplay our strengths and giftings or pretend to have strengths and giftings we don't have. We can be liberated if we just do what wee do according to the ability God has given us.
**If you're wondering why I used vanilla wafers and cheese for the image, it's because God made me to like that combo and I can just be myself. I don't have to use a 'religious' image to be accepted in the beloved.**