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No matter how great our own gifts are, we all want what someone else has. We always think their lives, their talents, their stuff is bigger, better and/or perfect in comparison to ours. That's not true. First of all, nobody's perfect, and secondly, your gift is yours because you're the perfect person to carry it out. God trusted you with it for a reason.
Coveting other people's gifts is wrong for a lot of reasons. It's unfair to you because it'll constantly make you feel like you're not measuring up, and more importantly, it's a disservice to God. We need God ("Medicine Music": "Oh How I Need You" - All Sons & Daughters), and He needs us to pursue our purpose. He called you to your gift because when you do your thing your way, it activates something unique in His Kingdom. We're all pressing toward His mark, but your gift is specially marked for you, and mine is specially marked for me. Every gift is different and every gift is necessary. If we're all focused on each others' gifts, we'll all neglect our assignments. If we don't do our work, who will? Remember, somebody somewhere needs what you've got!
The next time you see someone else doing their thing, even if that "thing" is similar to what you're called to, instead of coveting where they are, be happy for them and be content where you are. When we stand on God's promises for our own lives, we're not threatened when other people's promises are fulfilled because we know our time is coming. Your best is never in competition with anyone else's best. You are an asset to the Kingdom. We all are. Nobody can "do you" like YOU!
Day 15 takeaway: I am gifted, and so are you. It's perfectly okay to acknowledge that and walk humbly in my lane. There's no need to get jealous of what others have, and no need to apologize for being great. God made us all amazing. No matter what the world says, as long as I'm pressing towards God, I'll never miss the mark. There's room for everyone to win! Less of me, more of He.
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