Interesting fact: My family has this… habit. Whenever any one of us start overdosing on the self-obsession, the others start singing along to one of our Naidu-original songs, “I, Me, Aku, Saya.”
Sometimes, the world hides behind this pretense of good self-esteem motivation and strokes me in all the right places. It makes it so easy for me to drown in my own awesomeness.
But just like White Rabbit Creamy Candy, just because it tastes so good that my tongue would french kiss itself, doesn’t mean it won’t end up killing me in the long run.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Don’t get me wrong, Jesus wants us to be effective and awesome.
Why? Because branches that don’t bear fruit get chopped. Capisce?
But more importantly, being effective serves a bigger purpose than self-fulfilment.
Make no mistake; we are not given benefits, potential, gifts and talents to soothe our own egos or boost our own self-esteem. God’s calling for you and I is for the BIG picture.
We are blessed to be a blessing.
And I’m not saying it’s wrong to feel good about yourself, because on the other hand, if you feel you are not blessed, or you don’t deserve the blessing you have or you feel inadequate in your own skin, it’s time for a change of mindset. Because
…If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, NOT according to what one does not have.
2 Corinthians 8:12
Circumstances are not an acceptable excuse when one has to give an account for a life not lived to it’s full potential. And neither is comparing one’s giftings to another.
What God has given each of us is fair and square.
God is fair because He shows no favouritism. We are each a masterpiece in our own right and in His own creativity. And best of all, through His gifts to us, God has fully-equipped us to be effective.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
We can respond to His giftings by letting God be God and have His way in us instead of taking things into our own hands, not holding back on our talents because you know talents have no wear and tear over time and be wise about the decisions you choose to make.
God is the master poet, He makes our life rhyme and it is His masterpiece.
Note to self: The more self-centered I choose to be, the less effective I am, the less good fruit I bear and the higher the chances I have of getting chopped and thrown in the fire with the rest of the rotten branches. And Sumie, if you ever think you’re given less than the people around you, while you are wallowing in self-loathe and comparison, watch this
Remember, I am the apple of God’s eye. And so are you. 🙂
Inspired by Pastor Ryan
Thinking of: Jason Derulo’s Don’t Wanna Go Home, Jayeslee, Cambodia, how Korea is so ‘effing awesome, MY NEW TOYS! and how ‘Yo mama so pretty that when she joined Miss World, she won’.