I have many days when I think what I'm doing is not good enough. Not of a high enough standard. Not professional enough. When I begin to concern myself with what others are doing, my mind wanders to a place of self-doubt. Whenever I peer into the lives of others, at how successful they are, how much they have already achieved, where they are at, I begin to compare. Compare my small 20-year-old life with theirs. Shall I just give up because because no one reads what I write anyway? It's so easy to let these thoughts of defeat dictate our lives. Dictate our future.
"Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do," says Ecclesiastes 9:7. We often forget the stamp of approval that God has placed upon us; that he has already approved who we are and what we do. You are a better mum than you think. A better speaker. A better singer. A better writer. A better friend. We can be great because of HIS greatness. Ecclesiastes instructs us to go and enjoy life with a joyful heart, because our Father has already approved of what we are doing. Instead of consuming your world with the worry of what others are doing, go and embrace your life with gladness!
If dead things in God's hands can live, then your struggling situation can be turned around. Your business can succeed. Your relationships restored. Your fear of speaking be overcome. You can surpass the fear of not being good enough. Culture's definition of being successful is very different to the living words alive in the bible. If you've got 10k+ followers, then you're popular. If you've got Editor or Director written in your Twitter bio then that's when you've made it in life. But, what if you lose those followers, or your job, then what? Then what do you have? Are you still great even then?
Our Redeemers blood is the ink in the pen that writes the script for our lives; He writes OUR lives. He has written a life specifically tailored to the person He made us to be. I don't think God wants us to be at all distracted by what path those around us are occupying. In your own lane there is no traffic, so stay focused on Jesus and the path He has set before YOU, no one else. Be who God wants you to be, not want others want to see. You are doing far better than you think you are, and to know that you don't need the world's approval. God already made a far greater approval- even before you were formed.