You can moon over how amazing you were until you’re wasting what God wants to do through you today.
You know the type. Always reminding you of how studly or stunning they were, and how much better they could do whatever you’re doing. Gets tiresome, doesn’t it?
“I’m glad you had those experiences, and once did all those wonderful things. What are you doing today?”
Your instincts are correct. There’s a reason God doesn’t have them doing it. They’re insecure, needing to be seen and heard. They may be flamboyant in dress, speech and deportment, so that on the surface they seem to have it all together. They intimidate you into feeling small and dull in comparison. Don’t let them get by with that. No one can make you feel insignificant without your permission.
Quit listening, and stop giving it.
- YESTERDAY DOESN’T DESERVE YOUR CONTINUING ATTENTION. Learn its lessons and move on.
- THOSE LIVING IN YESTERDAY DRAG YOU DOWN & HOLD YOU BACK. They don’t have that right.
- GOD’S LAID HIS ‘TODAY’ BEFORE YOU FOR A REASON. Be looking here and ahead.
The Bible’s full of examples of people God chose to use that everyone else either ignored or ridiculed.
Sure. It rankles to watch The Loud and The Lovely keep being feted with praise and preference, when many others have more spiritual maturity, depth and wonderful talent to offer. All they need is someone to encourage and develop them.
Popularity based on favors or family is fickle; eventually, it will collapse like pond ice during Spring thaw.
Be passionately patient and faithful in following God’s lead through your Today. You’ve no idea what He has in store.
Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
© D. Dean Boone, November 2017