by Sharman J. Monroe
“Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.”
Proverbs 27:8 (NKJV)
God purposely did not make any two people exactly the same. God made you in His image and likeness and gave you the skills and talents He wanted you to use to glorify Him. God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you the way you are. He didn’t make any mistakes. You are a unique individual.
We live in a society where comparing one person to another is expected. However, God doesn’t want you to compare yourself with anyone else. When comparisons are made, one person always comes up lacking and, if you’re comparing yourself to someone else, you will usually find something lacking in yourself. Comparisons stir up rivalry, discontent, jealousy, envy, mistrust, hatred and the like. None of these feelings are the product of a God-centered life. Your focus must be on what God ordained for you to be and to do, not what He ordains for someone else to be or do.
In his nest, a bird gets nourishment and rest; it’s a safe place where he regains his strength so he can go out and do more. However, when he wanders from his nest, he is unable to reach a safe place to get what he needs to continue. Similarly, God is your safe place. He is your source of nourishment and rest. As long as you follow His direction for your life, God will strengthen you so you can go and do more.
Excerpt from “The PLAN A Way to Success” by Sharman J. Monroe available via her website.