Comparisons are the worst: Part 2 on self-esteem


Discov ering self esteem

Unperceived by parents, teachers, friends, aptitude tests, my giftings were perfect for what God designed me for. I’m posing with kids in the Guatemala Christian school, Liceo Bilingue La Puerta.

My gifting was not appreciated by anyone in high school. I wasn’t that smart, wasn’t athletic, wasn’t socially adept. What was I? I was overly sensitive. In high school being overly sensitive is not a good thing because you’re no good at the interchange of crass teasing that especially goes on among boys.

I actually thought I lacked a special trait.

Then I discovered my call: to pastor, to be a missionary. And being very sensitive (to God and to others) was a premium. But when I was a kid and took aptitude tests designed to surface giftings, nothing registered.

colegio GuatemalaComparisons are the worst because God made you absolutely unique. This uniqueness is reflected in your fingerprints, in your DNA, in your emotional makeup, in your interests and passions. It flouts comparison. To compare yourself to others is to ignore your God-given talents.

There is only one you on te planet. God made you special to do something nobody else will do. Only you can get the job done. It’s pointless to desire somebody else’s job. ?God didn’t design you for that.

It’s an insult to God to wish to be someone different, to have their beauty, their intellect or their wit. If you are young, take it easy on yourself. Don’t criticize yourself harshly. Wait and see what comes of your life. Strive to do well in everything but don’t panic if others do better in you in many areas. Because in one area, you’re going to blow them away. That’s where you’re a winner.

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15 responses to “Comparisons are the worst: Part 2 on self-esteem

  1. An insult indeed. Thank you Father for who you made me.

  2. Amen! It took me a while to learn that I needed to be who God created me to be. There is so much freedom in discovering your own passion and gifts instead of trying to copy someone else’s.

  3. A huge AMEN to this one! I’ve been someone people love to hate, because of a wide variety of abilities (with a BIG exception in sports!) However, I’m no more important or valuable to God than anyone else.

  4. Amen to that, brother! This should be required reading for everybody. It reminds me of a prayer I wrote for Prayables.com. If I may share: http://prayables.com/prayer-collections/thanksgiving-prayers/497-whatever-may-come

    I’m going to have to re-blog this post! Thank you for the inspiration.

    Peace & Blessings,

    Ruth

  5. Good advice… for us late bloomers. Has taken forever. What about those of us who are really delayed???

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