Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Antidote for Superior/Inferior Feelings
"I don't compare myself anymore to anyone
other than who God intended me to be."
He is the most popular pastor in the Stateline area.
More people hurry to hear him than anyone else.
Nearby pastors feel inferior to him - understandable as idolaters insist on comparisons.
Truly, he is gifted; and for the most part, faithful with respect to Romans 3:23.
Yet, he is slandered by the green-eyed who wish they were...him.
Lionized by frothing fans prone to such adultery.
Demonized by pseudo-peers captive to such envy.
Comparisons are damning vanities...for subject and object.
"Not all works are alike," observed Father Abbot Nisteros.
He continued, "For Scripture says that Abraham was hospitable and God was with him. Elias loved solitary prayer, and God was with him. And David was humble, and God was with him. Therefore, whatever you see your soul to desire according to God, do that thing, and you shall keep your heart safe."
Call is eternal; coming from and returning to the Source, Starter, Sovereign, and Savior.
The shelf-life of comparisons is as fleeting as the fancy of idolaters; though excruciatingly painful to those targeted as less than...
Ted ignored comparisons.
His faith had matured.
Yet, as every pastor knows, not everyone on the membership roll or even church board share such...harmony with Him.
And so "Ted's" board erupted into debate on why the church was not...
Comparisons were made.
Vanities were betrayed.
Finally, Ted looked directly into the eyes of the most self-righteous of all and asked, "What's that I see in your eye?"
Heads dropped...in shame...then prayer.
"When you think you've arrived, it's time to start over."
Blessings and Love!