By Barbara Edwards
I recently had the privilege of attending a children’s pastor’s conference. I attended several break-out sessions that were excellent, met some new people and got lots of information on curriculum, VBS, programs and products. The main theme of the conference was “By Faith”.
The best part of the conference were the awesome speakers that spoke on a different aspect of faith – By Faith:we draw near, we are sure, we are strong, we are unhindered, we live, we persevere and we bear witness. Even though these sound like different topics I heard one strong message, Be yourself– God has a plan for you.
Hebrews 12:1-2 says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (NIV)
We each have our own race! When we compare ourselves to someone else’s we have the chance of getting tripped up. We have crossed into someone else’s lane.
In 1 Samuel 18 we see how Saul reacted when both he and David were cheered on by the women. They sang, “Saul has slain his thousands and David his tens of thousands,” making Saul very angry. It seems like it was all downhill from there for King Saul. Saul’s race was different from David’s.
Saul had on “But Me”glasses. He wanted to be the best, it was all about him and when it wasn’t he was furious.
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
Saul was not wise – we also are not wise when we compare ourselves to others. I shared this story with our children here at Chestnut Grove! We talked about our own God given gifts and how we can too easily get caught up in comparing ourselves to others. Even the disciples wanted to know who was going to be first!
When we take off the “But Me”glasses and remember that we are each a masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) we can stay in our own lane, keeping our eyes on Jesus!
I think we each need to be reminded of this from time to time and it was an especially good message for me to hear!
My goal is to: Focus on my Blessings, Focus on God, Focus on Others and know that God has given me my own race to run –
STAY IN YOUR LANE!