“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
Every day, they are messages that bombard us that we are not enough. Our bodies and faces, material possessions, or bank accounts need improvement. We see advertisements for products that could improve every area of our lives. Instead, we have emptier wallets and growing dissatisfaction.
We are unhappy due to the comparison game.
In college, I took a walking exercise class. I made two friends in the class. We would talk about college, boys, and our plans when we graduated. Both young women were pretty. I was suffering from an eating disorder at the time and wished I could look like either one.
They would always talk about their encounters with men. I did not want my dating life to resemble either one of theirs, but I figured if I looked like either gal, I would have a date. One of them was petite and blond named, Jenny. Everywhere we walked, strangers would stare at her or try to talk to her. She would giggle and flirt back.
One day at the end of class, another fitness class was finishing up. Jenny said, “see that woman over there? I think she has the perfect body and I would do anything to look like her.” I said, “are you kidding me; you’re just fine the way you are! You have guys coming to your beck and call.” She said, “well, I don’t like how I am. I prefer to look like her.”
When we deny God’s will for us, discontent grows in our lives.
Her statement caught me off guard. How could she think that way about herself? But here I was, doing the same thing. I didn’t like myself and wanted so desperately to change. I would have given an organ to look like and weigh the same as Jenny. So many of us women believe, we are not enough and we need to lose a little here, enhance over here, dye our hair, erase some forehead wrinkles, or rejuvenate some other areas. It is an endless, horrible path.
Last Sunday in church, my pastor said something that reminded me of our discontent with our lives. He said, “You only have one race to run. A call upon your life that has been ordained by God.” When we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we must allow God to fulfill His will for us. We are disappointed when we don’t have what someone else has, and we complain about how we want better. God knows what we need.
Accept God’s Will for Your Life.
When we accept that God is in control and has a will for our lives, we can finish that race, strong. We don’t need to be discontent with ourselves. The changes we may have to make are our actions or behaviors, so it aligns with the will God had ordained for us. We are all valuable and have a purpose and a plan for our lives. May we listen and accept that plan as God reveals it in our lives.
Lesson Learned: God made you. Accept how God created you to be so that you can carry out His will in your lives.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the plan and purpose you have for my life. Show me what that plan is so that I may carry it out. Help me finish the race well. Let me be your hands and feet. Forgive me for comparing myself to others. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”