This blog must be for at least one person out there today. I was out running this morning and four other potential posts were swirling through my head when the Lord interrupted my thoughts with this one.
When I was young my height (I’m 5 foot and 1/2 inch!) bothered me, but by the time I was in my late teens, it was no longer an issue for me. As you can imagine just being out of the school scene helped greatly. Over the years I have noticed that the people who mention my height in jest (or sarcasm) are very insecure about themselves. I never take it personally but have compassion for their own self-loathing and pray. I mention it to the person only if they joke about it often. I figure I owe it to them so they can be aware of how insecure it makes them appear.
This subject came up this week with a fairly new friend of mine who is absolutely amazing. She is about the perfect height for a female, is in good shape, and is lovely inside and out. This gal mentioned that she was always jealous of the short girls because she wanted to be petite. I was shocked. She is (in my opinion) the perfect package! How did this happen to her? She was trying to measure up to what she thought the world said was cute, desirable and perfection. What I viewed as an imperfection as a child, she desired as the highest prize!
Psalm 139:14 I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
As we are entering into the third week of January many people are having a lot of negative self-talk because their resolutions are taking a nose dive. Maybe this is a good time to re-evaluate what you are considering measuring up and make some needed adjustments to the goals which you set with much enthusiasm as we cracked the door open on a new year. Press in with God. Were they goals that have you measure up to the world’s idea of what you should be, do, look like, etc? Or are they God’s idea of how you should measure up? Are they His plans for your life and your health?
Isaiah 44:6-7 God, King of Israel, your Redeemer, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, says: “I’m first, I’m last, and everything in between. I’m the only God there is. Who compares with me? Speak up. See if you measure up. From the beginning, who else has always announced what’s coming? So what is coming next? Anybody want to venture a try? Don’t be afraid, and don’t worry: Haven’t I always kept you informed, told you what was going on?
The only one we need to measure up to is God. He is the only one to set the standard for our lives. As I repeat often, He does that through bible study, prayer, worship and the sharpening of those around us who have evident fruit being produced in their own lives.
I would love to hear from you.
- Did you make a resolution that you have already given up on?
- Have you found that some of your resolutions needed some critiquing?
- What resolutions have been successful these first two weeks?
- Do you sense that God is in those resolutions?