Did you know . . . it’s award season?
I know how could you miss it. Right?
Countless celebrities looking for their trophy and recognition. But the celebrities aren’t alone are they? We all want that “I’m better than you are” recognition. We’re always keeping score.
In our career. Our lifestyle. Our parenting. Then there’s our weight, wardrobe, and wrinkles. Our stuff. Our status. And don’t even get me started on our blogs.
I try not to care, but I’m guilty too. I can feel just fine about my little corner of the blogging world until I go blog hopping and notice that you’re getting waaaay more shares and likes than I am. Or your comments go on forever. Or…
And what does it all lead to? Dissatisfaction! And let me tell you there is no joy in dissatisfaction.
Isn’t that where the enemy wants to keep us? Dissatisfied?
But that’s NOT where God wants us.
He created each of us for His plans and purposes.
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Why? To bring Himself glory.
It’s really that simple. You and I are created to glorify God in ways that we alone are able to fulfill.
Why would we want to compare ourselves on a horizontal scale when God’s plans and purposes for us are limitless?
I’m so short-sighted. You too?
We’re short-sighted when we look at awards and recognition and forget about what’s happening in the spiritual realm behind the scenes.
Have you heard of Edward Kimball?
A Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball won a shoe store clerk to Jesus—his name was D.L. Moody.
D.L. Moody traveled to England and awakened the heart of a young pastor —F.B. Meyer.
F.B. Meyer became one of the great Bible expositors, came to the U.S.A. and preached on college campuses, and was used to convert a student to Christ—Wilbur Chapman.
Wilbur Chapman attended one of Moody’s meetings in Chicago and became D.L. Moody’s co-worker.
Wilbur Chapman employed an ex-baseball player as his assistant—Billy Sunday.
Billy Sunday became a great evangelist and preached in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a meeting organized by the Billy Sunday Layman’s Evangelistic Club (renamed Christian Business Men’s Committee or CBMC).
CBMC invited an evangelist to Charlotte; his name was Mordecai Ham.
Mordecai Ham preached in the tent meeting where Billy Graham was saved. (Billy Graham Org.)
And I can’t tell you how many people I know who have said their lives were changed by God at a Billy Graham Crusade.
Was Edward Kimball any less important to the kingdom than D.L.Moody, Billy Sunday, or Billy Graham? I don’t think so.
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19
I want to stop caring about those earth bound treasures like awards and recognition. I want to stop giving away my joy at the altar of comparison. I want to stop looking at what and how you’re doing and ask God to use me however He chooses.
What do you think? Are you in?
I want to get up each day thankful with my heart and mind focused on the unique opportunities God has for me.
Things to do, prayers to pray, encouragement to give, hands to hold, shoulders to hug, praise and thanks to lift. Lives to touch. Unique moments that only I will have.
And you will have yours.
The more I’ve written today the more foolish I feel. Why in the world would I want to look for awards and recognition? Why do I waste my time and my joy on comparisons?
My Father is the God of the universe. I am loved by the King of kings and Lord of lords.
And so are you!
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise—Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8–9
What is true…
Whether or not you and I get thousands of fans and followers, trophies or treasures we are:
- Loved by God – 1 John 4:10, John 3:16, 1 Chronicles 16, Ephesians 2:4–5
- Precious to God – Psalm 72:14, Psalm 139:17
- Uniquely Made by God – Psalm 139:14
- Known by God- Luke 12:7, Psalm 139
- Given a Purpose from God – Jeremiah 29:11,
- Guided by the Spirit to Fulfill that Purpose – Psalm 16:7, Galatians 5:16
- Redeemed by God – Psalm 103:4, Luke 1:68–69
- Changed by God – Romans 2:29, Isaiah 29:16
- Used by God – Ephesians 2:10, Acts 20:24
No awards? No recognition? No fame? No riches? No popularity? No problem.
In fact, it’s perfect . . . because we are loved and precious. Uniquely made for something so much more important than applause. We are made for the divine purpose of God.
Today I’m praying for God to help me focus on His love and remember that His unique often unnoticed plans for me have a greater purpose than I can imagine. Will you join me?