He’s not expecting that

I’m surrounded by some very smart, super talented, incredibly motivated people; I’m even married to one of them. There are moments when look around me… and… Holy Moly… (Where did that phrase come from, anyway?) I start thinking very true things like this: He’s so talented at this. She does this with excellence. He knows just how to handle this & that. She’s so good at that it almost looks easy.

It would be easy to fall into the comparison game: “I’m not as good at this or that.”

Well, of course I’m not as good … I’m not them. They hold different talents in their lives, different giftings that I’m not responsible for using because I don’t have them. My abilities lie in other areas.   You already know this. So do I. But let’s be honest… sometimes we compare and that only leads to one of two things: feeling icky about ourselves or feeling a slightly snotty sense of pride (also icky!).

This morning as I was reading in Matthew 26 I got a little verbal spanking about comparisons. The Master (God) in the story gives talents (abilities & resources) to each of His servants (that’s us!) & expects them to put them to be used to the best of their ability. That’s ALL I’m responsible for doing. He’s not expecting me to accomplish something with someone else’s gifts, just mine. If I get too busy noticing how someone else is “better than me” then I’ll slack off from accomplishing what I’m purposed to do.

Note: This does not mean that we stop appreciating other people & their giftings! But rather, this allows us to truly admire others and have the freedom to verbalize that & encourage them. If we’re tied up in the comparison ropes we’re unable to be thankful for them and “icky-ness” finds a home in our thoughts & heart.

Who’s expectations are you living up to? What standards dictate your attitudes & actions?  God is not expecting me to be anyone but me, but He does insist that I put my abilities to use for Him! (And He’ll give me the ideas & strength to accomplish that!)

Now that’s a relief. 🙂



8 thoughts on “He’s not expecting that

  1. I’m often surprised at the silly things that we are alike in… HOLY MOLY. HAHA! I said that too in my blog.

    thanks for writing this and sharing, I posted today about all the things I’ve been thinking about because I’m old and it’s almost my birthday! A few of those things were comparisons (not intentionally) of things I think/wonder about.

    Thanks for delivering this message straight from the heart of Jesus – right on time!

    I’m so very thankful for you… now I’ve got to go get a Kleenex!

  2. This is so true, yet not so easy- “He’s not expecting me to accomplish something with someone else’s gifts, just mine”- It’s so silly when I focus on what someone else has because then I completely miss being thankful for what God has given me. Thanks Netta for sharing this I always need to be reminded to give God my best.

  3. great post 🙂 I’m so thankful he made us all different and with different abilities- it makes me lol to imagine us all the same that would be so lame. (Can u imagine if we were all good at talking and no one good at listening… or all good at fixing things!) its sometimes easier to appreciate others unique gifts and forget God has chosen our gifts for us as well…. luv ya!

  4. I’ve been reminded about this a couple times lately, and how harmful comparisons can be.
    “If I get too busy noticing how someone else is ‘better than me’ then I’ll slack off from accomplishing what I’m purposed to do.”
    This is so good! If I focus on how much I don’t measure up to other people, I forget about trying to be like Jesus! And then I’m not the only one missing out, but so are the people God could be using me to impact! That is definitely not a place I want to be in.
    Thanks for this much needed reminder that we all have different gifts that God can (and does!) use. Love you!

  5. yes, if we all do what we were created to do, we’d change the world! And we will!

    Holy Moly was first used in unbelief in regards to moles popping up on the faces of beautiful people.

    (I’m practicing for Balderdash)

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