If we're not careful, we can easily fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. We all know from experience that comparison leads to some pretty messed up emotions that can lead to some messed up perceptions that can lead to some pretty messed up relationships that can lead to some pretty messed up situations...
I often have conversations with people who are wanting to serve their local church and ministries, but have no idea what they're "good at". It breaks my heart when I hear people give up or become stagnant because they haven't yet realized their God-given giftings. I love to call these kinds of things out of people.
I think that we're all blinded to some extent about the potential that we carry. What causes the blindness?
1 Corinthians 12:14-20
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
God made you a big toe; a part of the body that is necessary for the whole body to function. Without you being a big toe, we all suffer. When we realize what an honor it is to have God create us to be a big toe for his Kingdom, comparison does not cripple us anymore, and we are set free to be who we were created to be. He has created you with a specific function and vision. Don't miss it because you're spending too much time trying to be an eye.
Too often, we fail to realize how God has gifted us because we're too caught up in how our gifts compare to those of others. I'm tempted every day to dwell on how I'll never preach a sermon like my favorite preachers, how I'll never be as good of a musician as some of my favorites, how I'll never make as much money as this or that person, how I'll never be as cool as my friends...
God gifted you with specific passions, talents, visions, and provisions to mess this world up for Jesus. He's put people right in front of you who need you to act with your giftings. Take off the blinders, embrace your calling, and stop comparing your gifts to others.
You are a big toe. We can't function without you!