Sunday, May 5, 2013

you are you.

The flower says to the tree
"too bad you're not little, like me"

The book says to the flower
"who you are doesn't matter, you don't even know how to read"

The glass says to the book
"you'll never be able to hold water, just see how awful it makes you look"


you are you.
you aren't me, you aren't another, 
you are you. 

Comparison is an icky thing. 
"Am I as strong as him?"
"Am I as pretty as her?"
"Do people think he's nicer than me?"
"Her job is better, he's cooler, their kids are better behaved, she's more loved..." and ick and ick and ick. 

We can compare the things that make us up with the things that make other people up, and then get ourselves into a big comparison mess. 

Mother Teresa lived a beautiful life, but God didn't make you Mother Teresa. 
Billy Graham led a lot of people to Jesus, but God didn't make you Billy Graham. 
The apostle Paul did a lot for Christianity, but God didn't make you the apostle Paul. 

The reason God made you you is because he wanted you.
He didn't want another Mother Teresa, another Billy Graham, another Paul, He wanted a you.

Surely we can learn from other people, be inspired by them, and become better people because of them. 
But, we must not compare ourselves to them.
Celebrate who you are, and celebrate that there is no other. 
The Great God loves the uniqueness of you. 
A gem of a person He made you to be, 
and living as His friend will let you live out your gem-iness to its most beautiful potential. 
Embrace the uniqueness of you. 



"Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be."
- 1 Cor 12:14-18