Once when I was in college, I attended a student conference in North Carolina. One day, as I was waiting for my friends, a senior adult lady I didn’t know approached me and asked how I was enjoying the conference. For some reason, I confided in her that I was disappointed because I hadn’t been selected to sing the solo for the evening worship service.
She replied, “Do you know why I stopped to talk with you?”
“No,” I replied.
“I wanted to tell you that each night when the choir sings, I watch you.”
“What?” I asked. “I don’t understand.”
“The others sing,” she replied, “But you worship. I need to tell you something. You are unique and loved by God. He doesn’t want you comparing yourself to others. He wants you to rejoice in who He’s created you to be.”
I walked away encouraged.
That evening, I was surprised to see the same woman introduced as the keynote speaker. She walked to the podium, looked out at 1500 college students and said once again, “You are unique and loved by God.”
I noticed a girl in the row in front of me wiping her eyes. She needed that message as much as I did.
We all spend so much time comparing ourselves with others that we forget that God loves us just as we are and made us that way on purpose.
So, before I go, let me remind you – You are unique and loved by God. He loves you very much. He created you on purpose. He doesn’t want you comparing yourself to others. He wants you to rejoice in who He’s created you to be.