However, sandwiched in between was my rather distasteful response to someone else’s celebration news.
My dear friend has a new role, one that she is totally suited for and has been doing long before any title was given to it. But instead of celebrating with her, I ran headlong into that old trap of comparison.
Have you ever done that? Heard someone else’s good news and straightaway listened to that voice of comparison that whispers ‘you’re not good enough’ or even worse ‘you’re better than them’?
The voice in my head was taunting me that as one door opens, another closes.
Not only did my door seem shut, it looked to be firmly locked! As the way ahead opened for my friend, that same voice was shouting that I was being left behind. I could hear loud and clear that my friend’s success was a confirmation of my failure. “What are you doing with your life?“, the voice yelled!
I’m more than a tad embarrassed to let you inside my head but confession is good for the soul and I’m pretty sure that voice has whispered similar words to you too.
This is NOT the Father’s voice!
It can sound like your own voice but it is the voice of a liar, whose only desire is to be destructive and divisive.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)
And comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt).
The irony is that I couldn’t do what my friend is so gifted at. But this thief doesn’t care if you would be good at it or not, he just doesn’t want you to discover the good things the Father has for you.
When the enemy sees any opening to shut us down, he takes it.
It’s time to turn off that other voice and tune in to the Father’s voice. Don’t feed on the lies of the enemy but delight yourself in the Lord and His words of truth.
Instead of choosing comparison with others, choose to celebrate their choices and successes.
Instead of feeling intimidated by what they have achieved, choose to recognise it is an invitation from the Father into the more He has for each one of us.
As they begin a new journey, it is NOT the end of the road for you. It is an exciting invitation to discover more of the adventure He has planned for you.
As you celebrate the gifts, talents and strengths of others, it is a reminder that the Father celebrates who you are and who He made each of us to be.
So today hear the Father’s voice remind you not to compare yourself with others and enjoy a double celebration instead!
Celebrate who they are and celebrate who you are too!