Measure or Mission
I have found myself thinking about the difference between a measuring stick and an arrow lately. They are often made of the same material, but created differently for a distinctive purpose. When I think of an arrow, I think of action, targeted movement, and mission. A measuring stick makes me think stagnant, focused evaluation, and quantifying. If I’m honest, I have spent a lot of my time as a Christian paralyzed with evaluating and measuring myself and others and trying to quantify my worth. It is such a contrast from what God wants for each of us. He wants us to be focused on his mission and where he is sending each of us. I have found you can’t be a measuring stick and an arrow at the same time. It’s difficult to measure when you are moving. Along the way, if I hadn’t laid down my measuring stick I would have missed out on so many sweet missions that the Lord has sent me.
“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.”
2 Corinthian’s 10:12
We are each unique and have special gifts that God wants to use. He created you with a specific purpose and he celebrates his beautiful creation. When we are busy comparing ourselves, we are telling God that he made a mistake in how he created us. Some of us are called to be center stage with a microphone, and some of us are called to change newborn diapers. We see missionaries that are blazing a trail, while some of us are called to take a meal to a hurting widow. True freedom comes when we can stop believing that the callings in the spot light are more valuable than the quiet promptings that are happening behind the scene. God isn’t measuring us against each other. Our part of this journey is to hold our arrow up to the Lord each day, and ask “Did I go where you sent me today and did I honor you along the way?”
Think About: Have you been busy focused on measuring or moving? Have you prayed and ask God what mission he has in store for you?
Pray: Dear Lord, thank you so much for creating me for a specific purpose. I ask that you help me walk confidently in what you are calling me to do. Help me to not become distracted my measuring myself and others. Please give me the insight and focus to be dedicated each day and listen to where you want me to serve. Lord help me be an arrow today, targeted and on the move for my unique mission to glorify you.