Monday’s Message: Wishin’ and Hopin’

Our family is fresh off of a vacation.
And let me tell you NOTHING makes you google boarding schools appreciate your family’s differences like a good old fashioned family vacation.
All of our kids are so so different.
Differences that I appreciate and love for different reasons.
Differences that are God ordained and make our family what it is.
We have a realist, a free spirit, a go-getter, and a lover.
Same womb.  Many different outlooks on life.
The same is true when I look at the people around me.
I look at people I work with and think, “I wish I were as creative as her.”
“I wish I had the enthusiasm that she does”
“I wish I was as professional looking as her.”
As I was wallowing in my pity party snacking on comparison with a side of discontentment and regret, the Lord reminded me quickly; “Jill, I already have one of her.  I don’t need another one.  I created you just like I want you.”
The same in church life.
“I wish I could sing like Yvette.”
“I wish I could preach like Anna.”
“I wish I was as media creative as Jim.”
“I wish I could decorate and present food like Linda.”
So many wishes.
Again, the Lord assured me…“Sis, that’s why I have a Jim, Linda, Yvette and Anna…and as you can see, I already have one.  Let’s move on.”
So regardless of what facet of your life you may be looking at, God placed you right there just like you are.
And He loves it.
Let’s look at the Parable of the Potter in Jeremiah 18.
Jeremiah received a word from the Lord to go at once to the potter’s house.  When Jeremiah arrived there, the potter was working with a piece of clay.  It became obvious that the jar the potter set out to make was not going to work out.  So, he made it into something else.
It wasn’t thrown out.
It was made into something new.
Something different.
So it could serve a different purpose.
The potter already had a tall thin jar, one possibly to serve wine in.
So he improvised and made a short round jar for oil to be served out of.
Those jars didn’t sit next to each other on the shelf and judge one another for being different than the other.
You guys, there is no favoritism with God.
He doesn’t favor my pastor more than He favors my son.
He sent His son for them both.

Heavenly Father,
In your sight we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Your Word also says that we are born for such a time as this to be used just as You have created us.  Let us continue to see ourselves, with our strengths and weaknesses, as you see us.  Lord you promise us that the good work You have started in us; You will finish.  As I start to fall down the hole of comparing myself to others and their gifts, Lord, allow Holy Spirit to whisper those things for which You have created me for.  And not only see them, but BE them.  All for Your glory.
In Jesus name.
Amen

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