If David were to compare his call to kingship to that of other kings, he would have doubted that it was God who was leading him. For, God’s call on his life was unique. It went against tradition and any call to royalty that took place in his time.
A king came from a royal line …. David came from a humble family without prestigious pedigree.
“Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old.” 1 Samuel 17: 12
A king was trained within the palace …. David was trained in the fields of nature while caring for sheep.
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 1 Samuel 16: 11
A king was a mature adult who served within his nation’s military…. David was a simple, young and inexperienced shepherd boy.
Still, with none of the traditional pre-requisites, God anointed him and called him to be king.
“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.” 2 Samuel 7: 8
It took deep faith on David’s part to trust the work that God was completing behind the scenes of his life and outside of the existing royal palace.
God has specific tasks for our lives. Some of us learn of these tasks through trial and error, prayer, divine counsel or through the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
And like David it takes deep faith on our part to trust what God is doing within our lives, even when everything around us proves unsuccessful and pointless.
Sometimes though, we miss these tasks because we count ourselves out, we believe the labels that others have categorized us with or we compare our life’s direction and unfolding against the lives of others.
God’s call on your life is different from anyone else’s.
You cannot study the success of others to get a glimpse of how God will usher in your life’s success. The story He is penning about you (and for you) is unique. It is just as beautiful as the stories of faith and success that you have observed or heard of others but it is unique.
And every second that you exert energy comparing where you are now to where others are, you miss seeing God work mightily in your here and now.
Every time you focus on the winning strategies of others, you neglect focusing on the winning strategies that God is faithfully placing in your Spirit.
Every minute, you dwell on the blessings of others through fearful, envious eyes, you allow discontentment and unhappiness to take root in your life. Comparison will always rob us of experiencing full joy and contentment.
The next time you find yourself comparing yourself to others or obsessing about the direction and blessedness of your life after comparing it to others, I want you to:
P – Let God into your moment. Put before Him how you are feeling and remain in His presence long enough for Him to reveal to you the source of your emotions and feelings.
Our emotions and thoughts reveal the depth of our faith and the strength of characters so allow God to use this intimate moment to make you more self-aware.
A – Ask God to fill you with joy.
Sometimes, it is impossible to find it within ourselves to choose joy and contentment within the moment. There is nothing wrong with asking God to give you a Spirit and attitude of joy and contentment because you are unable to choose to exist within those states of being, at the moment.
U – Unplug. An occasional social media detox will do your spirit good.
You can unplug for an evening, a weekend, a month. Find a time that works best with your life’s responsibilities and unplug. You don’t have to deactivate your social media accounts, you just need to turn off your device so that you can give your mind a minute to breath from the frequent updates of everyone at their best—as happy as can be, in love with life, on top of the world, getting engaged, getting married, getting promoted, having babies, or accomplishing big success. Sometimes our minds just need a break from seeing everyone at their best and time to reflect on real life – the one that is offline, less than perfect but absolutely blessed, nonetheless.
S – Set aside on paper or on any of your mobile devices, what God is doing in your life.
We often become discontent with our own lives because deep within, we are not convinced that the path we are on or where were are in this moment is blessed.
Take note of what God is doing in your life and let your mind visualize them in words. Note the external blessings as well as the internal ones.
Trust me, there is something powerful that happens when we physically see what God is doing in our hearts and lives on paper.
E – Engage in an intentional activity that will not only draw you closer to the vision God has revealed to you for your life but an activity that will strengthen your faith.
Comparison almost always catches us when we are idle or in our free time.
But, if we are engaged in meaningful activities that will enrich our spirits, and our minds, we will have no time to focus on what others are doing or how their unique blessings are manifesting within their lives.
P – A – U – S – E.
Take a minute and refocus your emotions and thoughts on the true source of your blessings – God.
I will be doing the same.
© 2017, Dentrecia Blanchette