This morning I went for a walk.
The weather was a beautiful 63 degrees. The leaves were starting to show hints of fall color, and the sun was gleening brightly in the sky. It was, on all accounts, a perfect Minnesota fall day and I was thrilled to have the time to get outside and take a walk while listening to my favorite podcast.
I was no more than a half a mile into my walk when the ambush started.
“Why can’t I run like these ladies?”
“If only I had a story like this woman I’m listening to.”
“Why am I doing what I’m doing?” Nobody really cares anyway.”
“I don’t have a ministry. Is what I’m doing enough for God?”
The assaults came fast, furious, and out of the blue. I tried my hardest to shake them off. But, as soon as I did, another thought came.
The enemy was on a mission and he was bound and determined to bring me down. And sadly, for a while, he did.
Only 15 minutes into my walk, I felt defeated, rejected, and worthless. I doubted everything God put in my life as a means to serve others. And I begin wishing I was someone else.
It seemed the enemy was winning. But then, God showed up through an albino squirrel.
Being all white, I couldn’t help but take a closer look at this squirrel. Though he scampered around gathering nuts like all his gray-haired friends, this squirrel was different. God had created him to be different.
As weird as it sounds, it was this albino squirrel that helped me remember that God created me to be unique and to serve Him in only the way I can. Comparison to others is only the enemy trying to win.
We all face moments, day, and even seasons when we feel less-than. When we wonder why we can’t do…, or why we aren’t able to do…
The enemy uses comparison to break us down. You see, the enemy knows that when he controls our minds, he has won.
And so, while the battle begins in our minds, it is up to us to also end it in our minds.
But, how? How do you stop the enemy from taking control of your thoughts?
You turn to TRUTH.
Trust Not Your Thoughts, But God’s Truths
The following are truths that helped me get out of the comparison game I was allowing the enemy to overtake. I pray these truths
You are loved (John 3:16) and chosen in advance to be holy and without fault in God’s eyes (Ephesians 1:4; Revelation 17:14).
You are forgiven of your sins (Ephesians 1:7).
You were created for a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).
You are called God’s own (Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 3:1).
You are worthy (Zephaniah 3:17).
You are a light, a city set on a hill (Matthew 5:14).
You are called and appointed to do God’s work (2 Peter 1:3; Jeremiah 1:5).
You are an ambassador for Jesus (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20).
You are victorious through Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57).
You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).
You are alive in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-5).
You are needed to do God’s work (John 15:!6).
Dear friend, if you find yourself on the losing end of a spiritual battle, it is my deepest prayer that you: 1) know it is from the enemy, and 2) know that you are strong enough to fight the battle.
Let the truth of who God says you are reign in your heart. Let it speak into your mind, and drip into your heart. Let it cover you as a shield covers you.
Just like the albino squirrel I encountered on my walk today, God created you to be you. The enemy wants nothing more than to take you out through comparing yourself with others. But God, He wants nothing more than for you to understand that He CHOSE you for a PURPOSE that only YOU can accomplish.
Use today to speak truth into your heart and mind and confidently walk in the mission God has asked of you.