Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Time To Do Some Weeding

I've been reading some blog posts today and one that really jumped out at me was from the gorgeous Heather (see link below). It gave me some food for thought...
My garden is smack bang in the middle of a make over at the moment. It's much needed - the weeds are resembling the Amazon Rainforest!

There are weeds in our lives that want to cut off our life supply, stunt our growth and prevent us from flourishing into the calling God has given to each of us. I believe that God wants us to tackle those weeds in our lives – to uproot them – and a major weed I've been thinking about is the weed of Comparison. It’s a real issue that women, especially, have to deal with (regardless of age, background, circumstances, education.) – it’s no respecter of person! It’s a weed that can tangle itself around us, distracting us and discouraging us from ever blooming into the mighty men and women of God we are called to be. It’s a weed in our life that causes us to so intensely study what others are doing, that we devalue the gift and assignment we have been given.

Women fall into their 1000s into the tangle and trap of comparing- we are infatuated by what we have and don’t have, compared to other people. As women we are sold products that even encourage us to do that! It’s a subtle trap and a miserable way to live. The truth is that we are rooted in Christ with a unique calling and destiny placed upon us – God has made you as an original, you are one of a kind and He didn’t intend for you to spend all of your days comparing what you have and don’t have with someone else.

Gal 6:4 – “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself . Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (an amazing scripture that contains a good dose of weed killer that will help to uproot the weed of comparison from our lives.)
God’s Word is the mirror of who we are and if we are having an identity crisis, it’s time to start reading our life story.
When you compare all the time you think other people have all the great ideas – we think that creativity is locked up in a few chosen individuals in the church. God is so creative and if you just spend a bit of time with Him, he will give you some awesome ideas and awesome things to do.
Unless you sink yourself into your world you won’t get creative with your world – all the time you’ll be looking at everybody else and comparing what you do and don’t have, never concentrating on the gorgeous people God has placed in front of you.
Be creative with what you've got xx

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