I have been learning a lot lately.
Through methods I would have deemed unnecessary.
But God has a way of doing things that surprise me.
Know what I am talking about?
Of course you do.
So here is what I have been learning:
“I am me”
Weird thought right?
But let me unpack it for a second.
m graduating college in May, and that is crazy.
I always am comparing my life to others that have gone before me.
Like, “Oh, this happened to this guy, so that must be whats in store for me.”
Or, “This person got my degree, and this is what they are doing… so why not me?”
Its almost as if I am waiting for all the right things to happen
That I may be like _______ or do _______.
Its weird right?
But we all do it.
This constant comparison of ourselves to what others have gone through.
It can even carry deeper than that, to the level of lets say… mistakes.
For instance, “My parents did that, I have no hope…
if they can’t stand up under the pressure, I won’t be able to…
if they can’t have a good marriage why would I be able to…
If they can’t hold down a job why should I be able to…
If they can’t break the alcoholism I won’t be able to resist alcohol…
I will never be able to live up to what they have accomplished…
He has done so much...
She has raised an amazing family…
I’ll never be able to do that…
Am I hitting home here?
Here is the thing I want you to take away.
These comparisons always result in fear.
Fear prevents good things.
Really good things.
This is a very elementary thought
But we all forget it.
You are not your parents
You are not your brother
You are not your friends parents
You are not that guy on tv
that girl on tv
You are not the character from the movie you saw last night
You are simply you.
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mothers womb”
I love the language David uses here in this Psalm.
Knitting us together
Now, God is not an old lady in a yarn shop with knitting needles…
however I think the point here I think
Is that there is an intricacy.
A purpose here.
God knit you together with a distinct purpose.
Not your mothers purpose
We are all called to walk the path to God,
The narrow path as Matthew 7:3 suggests
(to read a great blog on this passage by my good friend Cory click here)
I think our purpose is found when we realize th
at we are ourselves.
My purpose is found in being Collin.
God has given me specific giftings, abilities, and passions that are for me.
And you have specific giftings, abilities, and passions that are for you.
God has put you where you are for a distinct reason.
You are not to be held captive by your fears.
If only we understood the damage fear does to us.
Because really we make the decisions that shape our future.
If you are scared of ending up in a dead boring job that you hate
Well then don’t decide to work there.
And if you are in a place you are hating
Don’t be held back because of fear.
Fear will prevent you from so many good things
That I will promise you.
Fear is the enemy of the Gospel
Fear is the enemy of us becoming who God made us to be
Fear is the enemy of our generation
Fear is the enemy
“No, in all these things
more than conquerors
through him who loved us”