He is making perfect sense out of a perfectly senseless, messed up life!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Comparing Yourself to Others

I woke up this morning in the midst of a dream where the Lord was teaching me about something from my past. I remembered that my step-son always tried to pull one over on me, seemingly treating me like he knew so much more than me. I remember telling him that he would never know more than me. I’m still not sure if that is true or not. Is there any way to put our knowledge in a measuring cup to compare? I don’t think so. I do think I knew this all along but for some reason I needed to know it or maybe just to share it now because I know God was telling me about it last night. 

He used a much younger lady from my church for comparison. She has three little girls, which I have never had. I started out with my step-son when he was 13. Even though I had friends with small girls that I got acquainted with, I still would never know what this younger lady had learned from the experience of being a mother to 3 of them. So, whether we had difference in our amount of knowledge or not was not in question here but the differences in what we knew and learned from life experience.

We are uniquely made. We know what we know because we need to know it. I’ve been belittled quite a bit due to the fact of me having a stroke with brain lesions so during the illness I still compare myself to “Forrest Gump”. My IQ was quite a bit lower due to active disease in my brain. This led to me feeling quite insignificant and I actually had to relearn how to brush my teeth. Even though the knowledge was still in my head, it did not translate to the outside due to certain physical deficits. My IQ now is even higher than before I got sick due to relearning many things. My step-son is now an electrician and I certainly don’t know what he does about electricity but he also doesn’t know how to work with different painting mediums, epoxy, and other things that I use for painting. And, neither of us are supposed to either.

       *1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 "For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.

If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?  But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”  No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.  And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,  but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,  that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?  But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

Explanation behind my art from my Facebook Art Page:

"A Christian, mixed-media artist, writer, volunteer, mother, wife and on and on. I wear many hats! This is the place where I can update you on all of them or if you have a question, you can contact me. Most of my artwork is inspired by our Creator's Complexity in that He created each one of us so unfathomable that one has to look many times over to see every aspect of each and every one of us! I appreciate that uniqueness and appreciate those who dare to be who God created them to be! I hope you enjoy my art and appreciate that I also include a bit of whimsy as me being who I was created to be! I don't expect you to love it all but I hope you find something that you can appreciate! I've crafted as long as I can remember. My Grandpa bought my first piece when I was 10, telling me that good art should be paid for! But, I just presented myself to the world as an artist in 2004!" 

And so I got up to write this about an hour earlier than my alarm so that I would remember it and would have no distractions!

I attended a Christian Women's Conference approximately 2 weeks ago with a friend and one song stands out.  The worship team played this song and there were women dancing all over.  This was the opening night and it sure set the stage for what I was in for!  Enjoy:

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