(You Are The Only One Like You)
TO THE BIBLE: Hebrews 12:1-2
“..Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jessica came back from school one day, went straight into her room, slammed the door and burst into tears. She felt so dejected because she had been teased by her classmates who were better at sports. She sobbed for a while until her mum came into her room and calmed her down. “Jessy, don’t measure your success by how well others are doing. You’re unique, and the Holy Spirit will show you your gifts, and teach you how to develop them,” she soothed.
Sometimes, there’s the temptation to feel discouraged when it seems others around you are making better progress. Recognise that such feelings are absolutely unnecessary. That someone else is succeeding doesn’t mean you’re failing. The reason many get into unhealthy competitions and strife is their ignorance of this truth. You need to understand that you’re unique, and nobody can do that which God has asked you to do exactly as you would. Therefore, refuse to compare yourself with someone else. Focus on your calling; work on outdoing your past and not someone else. This consciousness will make your life full of rest, because you’ll learn to measure your success through God’s Word.
God has a unique plan for your life, different from that of any other living person. His plans and purposes for you are distinct, because He doesn’t have, has never had, and will never have a replica of you! You’re the only “you” that God has and will ever have. So, take pleasure in who you are and in what God is doing in your life; learn to celebrate your victories.
Psalm 139:14; Ephesians 2:10 AMPC; 1 Corinthians 9:24
Dear Father, I know that I was born for a purpose, and that is to bring glory and honour to your Name. I receive the grace to run my own race of life with joy and fulfillment, recognising and appreciating all the victories and successes in Christ for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
1 Thessalonians 4:1-18, Isaiah 59-60
Hebrews 6:11-20, Ezekiel 8-9
Declare to yourself throughout today, “I’m moving forward and making progress, because the greater One lives in me!”
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