That maybe you aren't good enough?
While comparing ourselves to others may be natural, it does make us feel less than ok, and maybe even wonder why God made us the way he did.
I guess the real question is, does God really intend for us to be the way we are?
David had brothers who bullied him, like many of us. To them he is a snotball baby brother who thinks too much of himself and doesn't take care of the chores that he is given.
Maybe his brothers thought he was being boastful when David offered to fight the taunting Philistine. Whatever they thought, they certainly didn't stop him. Maybe they figured it would teach him a lesson. Someone told King Saul what David had said, but even Saul dismissed his offer, "You are too young. This other guys has so much more experience."
David persisted, telling Saul about his combat experiences-killing a lion and a bear while protecting the family sheep. So Saul figured he will give the kid a shot, but David isn't dressed properly. Saul has his own armor brought in and put on David.
Of course, this is how men went into battle, but David wasn't a man or much of a warrior. He set aside all the typical gear of warfare and just too his sling and gathers a few rocks to face, an kill, the Philistine.
Which of course, he does.
So what does this mean for us?
David wasn't supposed to be at the battlefield. He wasn't trained. He wasn't even old enough to go to war with his brothers. David was just a kid who tended sheep at home. What David did, though, was capitalize on the gifts that he had.
While he was out tending the sheep, he had a need to fight off predators. He practiced throwing rocks for accuracy. He knew how to do that. And he had the guts to do what needed done.
Everyone was comparing David to the warrior that they felt would be able to defeat the enemy. Certainly, David didn't look like that. But he wasn't bothered by it.
What if we weren't either? What would happen if we accepted that God was building us, creating us, equipping us in a unique way for a unique purpose?
I wouldn't have to compare myself to anyone.
What if we trusted that our gifts and quirks and experiences were given to us to be used by us, for Him?
See, because I spent so much time alone and observing others as a kid, I began to write. Because God was what I knew better than anything, I wrote about God. I still do. I may not preach in a church, but I preach as I write. I speak to others about addiction, sharing my experience and hope. And I mentor women, guiding them along their spiritual journey. While the story of my life was not what I envisioned, in many ways, I am the pastor that I dreamt of being as a child.
What about you? What gift or talent or quirk or experience might God have given you, uniquely you, to be used for his purpose? Before you compare yourself to others, take a moment and think about this. And I even invite you, just like David gathered his stones before battle, find yourself a stone to remind you. Let it remind you of how unique you are, and how God intended it that way? You aren't an accident of chromosomes! You are unique, and uniquely gifted. There will be a time when that gift will be called on. Don't sell God, or yourself, short by trying to be someone that he didn't create you to be! Get a stone. Write your gift, or your uniqueness on it. Let it remind you. Let it encourage you: You were uniquely made, for a unique purpose.