On a Sunday afternoon a friend shared a music video on facebook. There were beautiful scenes of rivers flowing, waterfalls, birds flying, sunsets, and more. While I was watching it something dawned on me that isn't really that big of a revelation.
It just sank in this time.
I had stepped away for a minute to get something from the kitchen, thinking about how beautiful the video was when suddenly the thought came, "You could never do anything so magnificent, so why do you even play around with photography?" Then, just as quickly, it was replaced with the realization that I don't have to do exactly what they do. Just because someone is better doesn't mean I shouldn't try.
That is just a lie that needs destroying.
This was my revelation. It doesn't matter if someone does something better, because what others do should not dictate what I should do. We all have different callings and they are all needed.
I only have to do what I was created to do.
|(the afternoon sun above my house)|
I have played the piano since I was a young girl. Whenever I would think I was doing pretty well, I would hear someone else who could do it better, and I would think that I would never be as good as they were. Oftentimes people have told me how much they love my piano playing and have been blessed by it. I do appreciate that, but so many times I would think to myself, “Someone else can do it better. How can they think I do it so well?” Then I realized that it doesn't really matter if someone does it better than I, because we are different people with different dreams and will reach different people. Just because I'm not a concert pianist in some vast auditorium doesn't mean I can't be good at what I do on a smaller scale.
What matters is that I do what I am called to do.
Every voice and talent is needed whether great or small no matter how insignificant you think it might be.
You have something to say or do in your own unique way and no one else can do it quite the same. It doesn't matter if you think someone says or does it better. What matters is that you say what you need to say and do what you need to do, because you don't know who will be watching you, who needs to hear or see what you have to offer. You won't reach everybody, but you don't need to. God gives each of us talents to use to help ourselves and others. So when you hear voices saying to you, “Why should I try? So and so does it much better. My voice isn't needed,” don't pay any attention to them.
Don't believe the lie that says you shouldn't even try because someone else can do it better.
God did not create us to compare ourselves with others. We will always find something to complain about or be discouraged about if we do that. We need to realize that we are all needed. There are people who need to hear what we say and see what we do even if we think it's nothing. God oftentimes uses those who think they are small or weak to make His power known to all. We may never know how many people have been blessed by our words and actions, but the important thing is to do what God calls us to do not worrying about whether or not we are good enough. We can be sure someone will be encouraged by it.
You may or may not be that famous writer/artist/musician seen by a lot of people, but you will be noticed by God.
This was originally written last year for a #RealTalk linkup with my friend, Marvia Davidson.