That’s right. I am NOT you.
You are NOT me.
We are different. God made us that way!! Check out Psalm 139. In vs. 13 it says “For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb” Then 14 “I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are your works, and that my inner self knows right well. “ Then there is this one in vs. 16, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”
God knew who we would be, what we would be like before we were even born! Think about that. God knew that you would like blue. He knew that you would like to clean the carpets. He knew that you would like to work the job you do. He knew you would have 1 child or 19 children.
Now I am not saying we are simply puppets on a string moved by the Master Puppeteer. We ultimately have choices in our lives which changes things for us. We do have free will.
God knew us before we were born! He created us to be who we are regardless of our choices! Who of you has contact with children and watched them grow? Do they just become like their parents? No they don’t. They have certain characteristics of their parents that are similar, but they are their own people based on their own choices and their own character.
This is a game we like to play at our house called, “Apples to Apples.” In this game we put down a green card which has a word on it. We must pick a card in our hand that is a comparison to that word. It could be a funny comparison or a real comparison. It doesn’t matter. Then the judge picks the one he/she likes best and that person wins the round.
Its a lot like us really.
We look at a person and their life. We look at what we have stored up in our memories and we pick a “card” that fits that person and their life and lay it down.
We don’t always win the round!
John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but [a]judge with righteous judgment.”
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
Sometimes we compare our lives to another’s life and decide that our life sucks. We put an obstacle in our own way by doing that!! We choose to put a wedge in between us and the person that we just compared ourselves to that causes us to not have a good relationship!
My life is hard. Your life is hard. Life sucks sometimes. But the truth is is that this is my journey. You have your own journey.
We have the choice to wallow in our sucky life or choose to do something different. Personally, I chose to do something different. I did wallow for a long time. I didn’t like the choices I made. But I had to live with them or do something different!
I chose a new path. Now, truthfully, I followed for a while a book that is kind of not the way most people would find God, it was about following your “Inner Divine”. Being thankful and starting a gratitude journal. Looking for God within yourself. Now, clearly, I am NOT God. I never followed that part. I knew about God from my catholic school days. I knew that my “Inner Divine” was God not me.
I found out that God is real and that HE does indeed change lives. I chose to stop going to church just for that hour on Sunday and instead chose to pursue God with all my heart!
My life is still different from yours. I still struggle with judging others. I still have 9 kids and love to play in the dirt and cause my husband and boys to build me stuff to go with my gardens and chickens. I still like to cook and bake. I still like to read and keep busy. (especially after I have had 3 cups of coffee and can’t stop moving!!) It’s the way God made me. I tend to be a bit more boyish sometimes. Shopping is not my thing, unless it is rummage sales!! I would rather play in the dirt and get filthy dirty from some project I am working on. I have been known to even work on cars and trucks sometimes!
But its ok. I am not jealous of you because you like to shop or have what looks like the perfect life. I am not jealous of you because your nails are perfect or your hair is just right. I am not jealous of you because you are not married or don’t have children or whatever… Not at all. Rather:
I bless you to be all that GOD has created you to be today!! I bless you to find God however He chooses to reveal Himself to you. I bless your relationships! I bless you today to choose that one thing that you really need to change about your life and change it in whatever way you can TODAY!! I bless YOU!!!!