I Want What She Has…!
By Mavis Tipton
How many times as parents have we heard our child, or someone else’s child make that statement “I Want What She/He Has!”
Children look at what someone else has and immediately thinks it is better than what they have.
We adults do the same thing. We look at what others have and want what they have. We compare ourselves in many areas to others.
We do our mental check-off list; if I was taller, or shorter, if I was thinner, prettier, smarter, if I could talk with people like she does, or organize events, or teach, if I could be a giver, or had mercy and love for others. If I…then Jesus could use me better.
“I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
When we complain about ourselves we are saying to God, the Creator, the Master Designer, You made a mistake, You didn’t do a good job when You created me!
But God made us perfectly for what His plan is for our life. God makes no mistakes. He makes masterpieces. He places gifts of grace in our lives. God-given inclinations or desires, as well as special enablements or abilities.
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,
Let us use them:
If prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
If service, in our serving;
The one who teaches, in his teaching;
The one who exhorts, in his exhortation;
The one who contributes, in generosity;
The one who leads, with zeal;
The one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Many years ago our Women’s Ministry invited a well know speaker to come and minister to our ladies. She was an excellent speaker, and her message was on Forgiveness.
As she ended her message she invited all who needed prayer to come forward.
Standing at my pew, I prayed and watch as she ministered to the ladies with such compassion and mercy. I found myself mentally tearing myself down, because I didn’t feel I had the compassion and mercy this wonderful woman of God had.
I began asking the Lord for the mercy this woman had. Very clearly, lovingly, and yet firmly the Lord said to me “do you want to walk in her shoes?” “No Lord, I’m sorry, forgive me.”
This beautiful woman had walk through a very hard and rough time in her life, and most of the Christian world had known about it. God had done a miraculous work in her life and had brought healing and restoration.
Her message on Forgiveness came straight from her heart, and compassion and mercy equipped her to deliver the message.
Our Creator gives us exactly what we need when we need it. We each have at least one gift that we are strong in and flow naturally in. The gifts we are weaker in we will use as the Spirit leads us to.
So rather than thinking “I want what she has,” thank the Lord for the gifts He has given you and be faithful to use them for Him.