There were times where I used to compare myself to everyone and everything. Insecurity at its finest. Hurt from my past and not completely whole, I tried to measure up to others in ways that God did not mean for me to. I tried to fit in with certain groups of friends. When I finally got a job, I wanted to be the cool one everyone loved. In a way, I needed the love but I was trying to get it from all the wrong places. I kept pushing myself to the point of perfection. Days that I would miss that point would be an ultimate ‘Beat Up On Emma’ day. Reminding myself of why I didn’t measure up or why I wasn’t good enough for them, for him, for that grade. Those were some of the worse days of my life. As I was reading my devotion, the scripture Galatians 5:25,26 came up. I love the message version, it says
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
Galatians 5:25-26 MSG
I have chosen to be Saved and Set Free. I have chosen to believe that God gave his only Son, Christ, to die for ME and that Christ was raised from the dead and now he lives!! It is a lifestyle that I choose daily to walk out. It is hope personified!! I can’t live my life trying to measure up to others when I am THE ORIGINAL!! I have more interesting things to do than to be like someone else. I am falling in love with me, the me God has created me to be and is continuing to reveal to me! Sometimes there are days that I still have to remind myself that I am The Original! I am grateful that I know to whom I can go to be reminded.