I’m doing a tiny Christmas give-away this week…at the end of this post I’ll tell you about it!
Sometimes I feel like a huge failure. Can you relate at all? It can be over small things, like what I ate for lunch. Or big things like what I’ve accomplished in my life. Either way the feeling is much the same…terrible, horrible, no good and very bad.
I heard a very successful retired pastor talk about failure once. Now, he was a pastor of one of the largest Baptist churches in the nation. He had written books and been all over the world speaking to churches and leadership groups. But he said that in the past, he often dealt with feeling like a failure. God set him free from this however. “HOW?” I asked him.
“When I realized that I wasn’t responsible for being Billy Graham.” He said rather seriously.
“I’m only responsible for using the talents God’s given me. Doing the best I can for Him is all I’m held accountable for.”
Hummm, so comparing myself with someone else can lead me into that “failure mentality”? Thoughts like: “I should be more like (whoever)”, or ” I ought to do things like.(whoever)”. Those are the types of thoughts that start me down the path of feeling like a failure.
“I’m only responsible for using the gifts God gave me. And I don’t have to measure up to anyone else”, are the thoughts that get me back on the solid ground of God’s purpose for me.
Today, in the spirit of the season, I’m thanking God for whatever gifts He’s given me and asking Him to help me use them for His glory.
How ’bout you? have you ever been trapped into failure by comparing yourself with someone else? How do you combat those thoughts?
I’m doing a little give-away this week! I want to send someone a copy of Richard Paul Evan’s new book: The Christmas List. Just leave me a comment on this post for a change to win. I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner and announce it on Monday of next week! Leave a comment every day this week for a better chance to win!