My kids are ridiculously competitive with each other. If one does something during the day where the other three did not go notes are compared. They also compare notes about what they are ‘super good’ at. If one says that he can run the fastest the other three will claim they are faster or will cling to something else they are good at. Each of these kiddos has specific things they excel at and other things that leave them flat on their faces.
It’s not just he kids that can be competitive either. I think as an adult I have just learned to bite my tongue more when jealously for other people’s gifting boils to the surface. When all I can see is that one person is better at organization than me I miss the beautiful landscape that God has placed me in.
There is a fog when all I want is to get better at what my neighbor is obviously gifted at. When I am so focused on what others are great at I miss my piece of the puzzle and I can’t see the beauty that is all around me. All of us live in community. We can see people working together in our families, churches, towns, an d so many more bodies of people that we are a part of.
I need to remind myself to look our and just enjoy the beauty of what God has created. The town I have been placed in. The church our family attends. The school my kids are in. The sports communities my kids will engage in. The friends that we have.
When I am constantly looking at myself and what I can and can’t do I miss the beauty around me.
Gods plan is bigger, more intricate, more vast, and greater than we can figure out. We just get to sit back, use the gifts he has given us and watch the beauty of it all unfold and work together in front of us.
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the food should say “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body. And if the ear should say “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body”, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members for the body each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” 1 Corinthians 12:14-19