Last Sunday, I wrote a post about seeds. I shared how I had planted six seeds in a planter, and how each seed had the same environment and opportunity to grow. However, even with the same love and care, only one seed sprouted. Today, we are continuing that post, but with a different twist.
The other morning when I came into the kitchen to pour myself a cup of coffee, I looked over at the little plant that was growing in the planter. I thought that I saw something green poking through the soil, so I went over to get a better look. Once I was closer, I could see that a new tiny bit of green was trying to break through the surface. I was so excited to see this new development. But, it got me thinking…
The first thing that I thought when I saw the second seed sprouting was that everyone is not going to bloom at the same time. The seeds were like us humans, and each one was going to develop in its own time. The difference is, seeds don’t compare themselves to each other. The seeds don’t notice that one is growing faster, bigger, and stronger; they are just growing at their own pace. We humans are prone to compare our struggles and results with those around us. We want to get there first, we want to be the best, and we want to outshine everyone else.
Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.
Even the apostles compared themselves. I laughed out loud when I read John 20 the other day. I am assuming that John and Peter had a rivalry between them, and John made it clear in these verses that “HE” was the fastest runner. Look at how many times he mentions that he beat Peter in a footrace. Comparison is not a trait that was recently invented because of social media. Social media makes it easier to compare ourselves since we get a peek inside other’s highlight reels. We no longer have to go to someone’s house to see the gorgeous furniture and decorations, and we don’t have to look inside their garage to see that they drive an expensive car. All we have to do is log into our computers and start scrolling, and the comparison inevitably starts.
Feeling superior or feeling inferior to others is troublesome. Feelings of superiority can lead to pride and boasting. And, feeling inferior can lead to having hard feelings against someone who hasn’t done anything wrong. We are ALL inferior, and we are ALL flawed; Jesus is the only superior one.
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The Bible makes it plain that we are all the same in the eyes of the Lord. He doesn’t pay attention to our belongings, our gender, our race, or any other aspect of our lives. The Lord is only concerned with our hearts.
So, if you ever feel like someone else is achieving more than you, just remember the little seed. Grow at your own pace, and your bloom will be just as pretty even if it is a day or two behind someone else’s.
To God Goes The Glory
Have A Blessed Day!