Have you ever thought about how life resembles that of a puzzle? A puzzle has many pieces that are needed to be complete. The task itself requires persistence and creativity to achieve its complexity. Like a puzzle, we as humans are also complex and have various parts to life that will complete our life story. The only difference is that we will never fully know our completeness, or the extent to which we are complex as humans. As long as we’re alive, there’s always more to learn, experience and apply to life, and this requires us to show up for ourselves and others in ways that represent love and grace.
So often we can get caught up comparing ourselves to others, but playing the comparison game only robs us of the joy and fulfillment we are meant to find in God. It can also create a façade that we’re supposed to have what other people have. If this is the way God intended for our lives to be, I think it would hinder us from appreciating our uniqueness.
We are all different with gifts that are meant to glorify God in ways that may look different from the next person. This requires us to strive to perfect our gifts while also extending grace to others who may be sharing their gifts in different ways than ourselves. In what ways have you judged yourself or others around you for downfalls? I know I’ve judged myself for thinking I should already be in a place in my life mentally and emotionally that I haven’t made it to yet. It’s important for me to extend grace and be patient with myself as I’m learning to enjoy the journey and everything that’s meant to make me better in this season of life.
When we begin to embrace everything we are and everything about our journey and see others for who God has made them to be, we become closer to experiencing the unconditional love God has for us and that we’re called to share with those around us.
A few truths of who we are:
I am loved. (1 John 4:11-13)
I am forgiven. (Colossians 3:13)
I am an overcomer. (1 John 4:4-5)
I am more than victorious. (Romans 8:37)
I am beautifully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139)
I am saved from myself. (Romans 5:6-8)
I am provided for. (Matthew 6:25-34, Psalm 23:1, Psalm 34:10)
I am protected. (Isaiah 54:17)