Do you find yourself thinking or even saying things like this?
If only I could speak in public like ________
Our ministry would be better if I could ________
I’m not as gifted as _________
People would like me more if I was like_______
You are a gift to the body of Christ, unique, necessary, and special, and that’s important! Too often we compare ourselves to others and wish we were different and are not satisfied with being “ourselves”. Your talents, perspectives, life experiences, and walk with God make you into that part of Christ’s body that we need.
“However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ” Ephesians 4:7 NLT
I spent too many years wishing I could be something I wasn’t. God didn’t give me the gift of evangelism like my husband, the ability to preach, or an up-front personality. They are all good things but they’re just not me. I was discontented and envious of other’s abilities. Finally I realize that I’m happiest working behind the scenes and I’m content with that. My husband’s strengths are not mine, and my strengths and abilities balance the areas that are not his strong points. Together, we’re a team and can accomplish more than either of us separately. My husband often reminds me “1+1=3” because we can do so much more together because of our differences.
Our families, friendships, and churches need a variety of people to be effective. Those characteristics that make you “you” enable you to uniquely touch someone’s life.
Thank God for the gifts he has given us and continue to grow into all that he has for us and stop comparing yourself to other people and enjoy being all that God created you to be!
Mark and Kristy have been involved in ministry, primarily with youth and leaders for over 30 years. She enjoys reading, gardening and hanging out with family and friends.