Made to Be.

Romans 12:4-6 says, “…So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.”

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is encouraging humanity to be who God made them to be.  See, it’s human nature to be subconsciously driven by what you don’t have, all the while comparing yourself to others in an attempt to ensure that you are one step ahead of them.  How often do Instastories or Snapchat show us everyone else’s best moments and remind us of our lowest ones?  They’re dating; he got the iPhone X; she got the new job, etc.  It’s distracting and discouraging– if we let it be.

But what if we changed our perspective?

I want to encourage you to shift your perspective, from wanting what you don’t have, to being immensely thankful for those things you do have.  This shift is not just a Christian principle.  Some of the world’s most joyful and prosperous people live by this.  Remember, other people’s successes do not have to mean your failure.  An essential step in discovering and being who you were made to be is learning to celebrate others and live with a spirit of gratitude.

I challenged myself to write down ten things I was thankful for daily.  I’ll say this, my circumstances did not immediately change, but my heart and perspective towards them did.

Try it.

If you’re driven by what you don’t have, you’ll end up missing out on what you do have.  You will never fully experience who it is that God has made you to be.

 

Feel free to reach out with any questions!  We love hearing from you!

— Victory Youth Staff
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