There is a story in the Bible from the book of Numbers, chapter thirteen, that I find fascinating. This is the point when God brings the Israelites out of slavery and through the desolate wilderness, leading them to the border of the promised land. There was just one problem–the son’s of Israel saw that the inhabitants of the land flowing with milk and honey were men of great size.
“…We became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:33
Pause for a second and consider how they saw themselves–as grasshoppers; frail, small and weak. They completely lost sight of who they were because they “compared” themselves to the men larger than they were.
If I’m honest, I too have felt like a grasshopper, because I have certainly felt as though I didn’t measure up. We women are the worst. I remember standing in the halls at Stewart County High School and watching Glenda, one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen. I wasn’t the only one that noticed her; when she walked by, all the guys stood in attention. I thought surely if I practiced enough that I could stroll like she did.
I wish I could be like her…
She is so pretty…
It didn’t stop there. In college I tried to dress like the other girls in hopes of being like them. In other words, I wanted to be someone different. After graduation, I entered the workforce in the pharmaceutical industry, I drove myself crazy trying to be as good as Hollye because she seemed to be the best at everything.
If only I could be like Hollye…
Hollye is smarter than me…
“That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” Galatians 5:26 Message Translation
Our youngest daughter, who is away at college, paid me the greatest compliment last week without even realizing it. When we were trying to figure out a time that I could help her with a project, she proclaimed,
“Mama, why can’t there be two of you?”
God made you and I as an original because we were made by God with a purpose in mind. A quote I recently found says, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you figure out why.” (Author unknown)
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 ESV Translation
I’m tired of wasting precious time comparing myself to someone else. What about you? Is there a Glenda or Hollye in your life that keeps you from seeing your own value because you are so focused on looking at theirs? That is what the enemy of this world desires–to keep us consumed with comparing ourselves to others, instead of seeing our own precious value in the kingdom of God.
This day, look in the mirror and say, “I am an original…”