You may see others have success that seems unwarranted. You may suffer through all kinds of calamity through pain, illness, or obstacles for what progress you do make in your family, work, friendships, finances, fitness, or even hobbies. But let me ask you this: compared to what? What’s the standard? What is your point of reference for your Life?
If we make others our point of reference, we mistake their public persona with our private struggle. Have you ever done that? Compared the social media version of the partially shared joys of others’ lives with the private struggles and personal setbacks or quiet anxieties and weaknesses you are dealing with?
If we make some imagined success our point of reference, then any setback seems “unfair” compared to the “normal” in our mind of seeing half truths of others’ happiness and comfort. It’s not real. It’s not normal versus your “not-normal” life. We cannot look to others or our imaginations as the standard against which we compare our own experience. It never works.
If we make some imagined success our point of reference, then any setback seems “unfair” compared to the “normal” in our mind seeing half truths of others’ happiness and comfort. It’s not real. It’s not normal versus your “not-normal” life. We cannot look to others or our imaginations as the standard against which we compare our own experience. It never works.
Instead of looking to others or our imagined life of “what if’s” and “if only’s” as your point of reference, you can look to Jesus!
My friend, look to Christ, who for the joy of YOU endured the cross, who for the love of God submitted HIS life, and who for the sake of uniquely making God known to you on your terms Jesus gave up all He had in equality to Him to be like us. He was equal to God and chose to express His life humanly instead of godly. To become less. To gain nothingness for the sake of gaining for us everything pertaining to godliness. What love! Jesus loves you so much He would rather give up Life with the Father for you to spend eternity with you than to spend eternity in glory without you! Wow!
You’re okay, Saint. That’s right – you are a saint if you’ve believed upon Christ. That’s already done. God has a unique (do you hear that: UNIQUE!) plan to make Himself known by grace to you and through you for His glory. No one else can know Him as you do except from you! And today – right now – is but a single step in divine, supernatural, holy and perfect progress in His plan, as you leave God-size footprints wherever your feet may tread. Trust Him.
Question: What would looking to Jesus in trust as your point of reference instead of an imagined reality or other’s circumstances (imagined or otherwise) be like for your life? (Share your thoughts and questions in the comments!)