I am often asked how I come up with a new topic every day for my Periscope Broadcasts and my answer is always the same: God gives me the topics. I have always shared that I believe God called me to broadcast on Periscope and so I trust Him to provide what I need. I love this God story so I will share it in another post. For now, I am just praising God for His provision every day!!!
As I was preparing for yesterday’s broadcast and blog post God reminded me how comparing ourselves, our lives and our ministries to others sets us up for failure and is something that many of us dwell on and makes us less than joyful. Being discontent robs us of our joy today and keeps us from seeing what we have and prevents us from operating in the gifts that God has given us.
Here are the 3 Keys to not comparing ourselves to others:
Find Your Purpose
Create Your Life’s Mission Statement
Stay in Your Lane
Find Your Purpose: We have all been created with a purpose. God did not just create us to walk aimlessly about here on earth. Of course, we read many scriptures about our collective purpose like “loving thy neighbor”, “baptize them and make them disciples”, “train up a child in the way they should go”, etc. This is our collective purpose. I also believe that since we serve a God of diversity, that He has an individual plan for each one of us.
I have no doubt that God created my husband to be a Marine. His uncle is a Marine and several of Bill’s nephews are Marines. Bill was a perfect candidate minus his size – which he made up for in tenacity. God used the Marine Corps to bring Bill and I together and Bill became a follower of Jesus a couple years after we were married. And after 29 years and 6 days of active service, Bill continues to hear from Marines who were impacted by Bill’s influence. He was not only created to serve his country in this prestigious way but he was created to impact the lives of other men and women. And once he married me, my purpose became clear as well. Being a Marine family is not easy and we got to walk with many singles, geo-bachelors, and families through the rocky terrain of active duty life and many have stayed our friends all these years later. And, as we loved on military families, they loved on us right back. We all were full-filling God’s purpose for us. God used Bill’s passion for the Marine Corps to fulfill His purpose for His life. And He continues to use both of us even while Bill is now retired from the Marine Corps. What are you passionate about? That just may be your purpose.
Create a Life’s Mission Statement: This is a way to narrow down what your purpose is and then make decisions and set goals based on that statement. Check here for more info on Mission Statements.
Stay In Your Lane is a concept I read in Christine Caine’s book “Unstoppable”. God has a lane for each of us to run in and all we have to do is look ahead and run in it. Don’t get distracted by what is going on around you. Don’t get distracted by comparing your life and journey with the “runners” next to you. We are all running the same race – just in different lanes. We look different on purpose. We have different gifts on purpose. We were each created differently to impact this world in a positive way!!!
Do you know your purpose? Do you have a personal mission statement?
Please share your answers and thoughts in the comments!