1Cor. 12:4-5 (KJV) Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
Rom 10:12 (KJV) For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
One common form of distraction from our gifts, our potentials, ourselves and of course, our destiny is the next person to us. A major reason why most of us are not working on ourselves is that we are swept off by what our neighbour has.
We tend to be so intimidated by our neighbour’s gift and progress that we play down on ours completely. We are more likely to rate others higher than ourselves.
This often breeds envy and contempt, which in turn degenerates to a keen competition and an urge to outperform and tear down the other person, as though this guarantees our promotion.
…it’s sad when we live our lives with the mistaken notion that another’s promotion means our demotion or that another’s failure insures our success…
-Rev. D. Proctor
The truth however is that ‘different’ does not mean ‘deficient’, as the Reverend Dennis Proctor, an African American Methodist Pastor once wrote.
Moreover, we do not have to be the same as the other to measure up!
Reverend D. Proctor wrote further that it’s sad when we live our lives with the mistaken notion that another’s promotion means our demotion or that another’s failure insures our success…
How very sad!
Our God is rich enough to enrich us all. Hence, there is really no basis for comparison or competition. The same God over all is rich unto all… and the other person’s progress does not limit our chances with God!
Having understood this, let’s stop seeing the other person as a threat but as a motivation to work on ourselves and to trust God for more.
Let’s begin to see the success of others as evidence that God is able to do much more for us. Let’s learn to celebrate other people’s gifts while taking time out to work on ours.
And the God of heaven will promote and lift us beyond our own expectations in due season!
Lord, please help me to start seeing the success of others as evidence that You can do much more for me, for You are the same God, over all and rich unto all. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo (c) 2015