I know the question well. “Mirror, mirror on the wall whose the fairest of them all?”. Every time that question was asked in Snow White the mirror always said the Queen until the day that Snow White was born. That day the Queen was faced with the idea of her own mortality. She was forced to look at her true self in the mirror and examine what was most important to her.
At some point in our lives we are also all faced with that realization. Not necessarily because we have been told we are sick but because the things we hold dear are being taken away from us.
For some it’s what they do for a living. They become workaholics spending more time at the office moving up the ladder until they become the best in their field-that is until someone else that has more drive and determination comes along to threaten their position.
For others it’s the performance of their children. You see them on social media posting how their kids have achieved yet another accolade in school or in their extra curricular activities and they are the envy of all their friends and family. Until one day when they see a post from another parent and their children have either matched or exceeded their kid’s accolades.
For other’s it is their position in the church. They are willing and available to help out whenever possible and that is commendable but then a new member comes in and they are also willing and available to help out but they have just a little more time because their obligations outside of church aren’t as demanding.
What do we do when we feel our sense of security is threatened? How we react when we are no longer big man or woman on campus speaks a lot to how we view the things we have been given and to how we view our relationship with Jesus. Our identity is not made up of our day-to-day jobs. Our identity is not made up of how well our children perform. Our identity is not made up of how much we do in church. Our identity is made up of who we are in Christ.
Don’t get me wrong there are going to be times when we question things going on in our lives or when we think that we don’t measure up however that shouldn’t shake the foundation of our identity. This is something I am constantly telling myself when I hear about other’s excelling in their dreams but thankfully I always have God to remind me that just as He chose Moses and Abraham for a specific time and duty He has chosen me for a specific time and duty.
As long as I keep my focus on God I will able to move forward in what He has for me all while celebrating other’s triumphs.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
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