“I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger great than the one who sent him.” John 13:16
There is a wonderful woman that attends my church. I consider her a Saint. She is loved by everyone she meets and is highly regarded. She has endured much in her life, a rough childhood and overcoming cancer. The first time I ever heard her speak was at a Women’s tea at a different church. I wanted to email her and tell her how I enjoyed her words. I never did, but thought of her often. The second Sunday at our new church, up walks a women on the stage to give the announcements. I realize, “It is her, I have to talk to her.” Immediately after service, I ran over to her. I asked her if she was the speaker at a tea a few years ago. She said she was. I told her how much I enjoyed it and was so happy to finally meet her. Over the next few years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know her and she has given me so much advice and a listening ear.
On a Sunday in 2012, I saw a friend before church. As we were talking, that woman who I highly regard, walked over, gave us hugs and said hello. I told my friend, “Someday, I hope to grow up to be like her. She handles difficult situations with ease and always seems to be praising God through it. My friends said, “Wait until you hear the sermon today!” Her husband, another amazing individual gave a sermon about their struggle during the time she battled cancer. The sermon was tearful and inspirational. Their journey was scary and weary. After the sermon, a different friend I was sitting behind, came over and put her arm around me and said I have a word from the Lord for you. She said, “God loves you the same as the woman this sermon was about.” Cue the ugly cry.
What a beautiful reminder that God loves His children the same. We wish we could be more godly or be just like amazing people we know. God uses us all differently and we need to accept it whether it seems grand or simple. Comparing ourselves is an opportunity the enemy uses to make us feel insignificant or valueless. It gives us a reason to not even try. We can look to amazing people as inspiration and to remember everything is for His glory.
“Dear Heavenly Father, remind to do all things for the glory of the Lord. Use the big and the small gestures to advance your Kingdom. Bless all those that are spreading the gospel, whether as a missionary in a far away land, raising children to be good citizens or serving coffee and donuts. I am so thankful that you are not comparing us to one another and that you are pleased with what we do to give glory to your name, In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”