Sometimes I get forgetful. I look around and see what other people have, and, honestly, I’m a little jealous. I don’t like to admit it, and I try to live my life for God, but I’m truly still figuring out exactly what that means.
When I see a rock star on stage and see the deep rapport and love they get from the audience, it can make me a bit envious. To have an audience wrapped around your finger, just loving you, must be an amazing feeling. World-class musicians in any genre seem to have it made.
Then I think of
“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
What a great reminder. It is easy to be envious of others. We need to remember that we only see one side of anyone’s life. Even if the other side of their life is better, we still know only part of the story. I know that I need a reminder on occasion. First, God loves me. Second, I have my place and my purpose. If I lose sight of that or wish I were someone else, I’m not doing my job.
This year my favorite football team, the New England Patriots, have a saying: “Do your job.” Though they did not win the Super bowl this year, they did pretty well despite countless injuries. It is very easy to look at what others are doing and be judgmental. It’s easy to think we know how to do other people’s jobs better than they do. It is easy to see mistakes and errors in judgment. We need to judge our own judgment and focus on what we can do with what we have.
Unless some miracle happens, I’ll never be a rock star, especially based on only a few months of guitar lessons and no ability to carry a tune, never mind dance. I can, however, focus on what I can do to develop the gifts I was given so that I can do my job.
It was ironic to hear my pastor say that he wished he could speak to the audiences I get to speak to. Wow, he has to spend so much time creating and delivering brand new speeches every week. I wouldn’t want to do that. Maybe my job is pretty cool after all.
I can be a rock star at my job if I focus on that rather than judging others. I don’t know about you, but on occasion I need to remember to do my job, to keep getting better at what I have where I am. You?
Thank you, God, for Grace, Truth, Love, and Laughter,
P.S. Thank you, especially, for grace.
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Thanks for the reminder! There are so many things I know that I seem to lose track of in everyday life.
Thanks for sharing, this is really encouraging.
You had me until you said Patriots. Now I will have to think about lowering my fan status to 125 %.?
Fascinating how two speakers can look at each other and long for the other’s audience. Your comments are quite true. We each have our gifts that serve what we do. Thanks for reminding us!
A counselor once said to me “Don’t compare your inside with someone else’s outside.” Everyone is fighting a battle. Everyone struggles inside. Some just clean up better on the outside. It sure has helped me to have more compassion for other people, and re-calibrate my own sense of gratitude, purpose and awareness of God’s presence. God knows what He’s doing. And I’m ok with that. 🙂