Did you read that title and start singing that song from Space Jam? Cause same, mainly because my son is obsessed with what they now call the “vintage” Space Jam. I remember sitting in the car this weekend as this song was playing, thinking to myself “man this song could really preach or maybe I could write something off it”. I had no idea what it was going to be about and parts of me still don’t know how this will end but I know something needs to be written.
Why is it that when we are looking at someone else’s walk in faith we feel the need to somehow copy it? We believe so much in someone else’s walk instead of believing in ourselves. So basically, we believe so much that someone else can fly when we still have wings of our own to use. Clearly, I’m trying to create a metaphor. We have got to learn how to walk our own walk of faith and not someone else’s. I wrote this post on Facebook and Instagram last week:
“When I started my walk with God, I thought it had to look a certain way, I thought I needed to portray some kind of perfect life. I thought I needed to be doing all kinds of things to prove that I was being a good Christian but, in all honesty, I just needed to be myself. I needed to show my hot mess self. I needed to show all my weaknesses because that is where God shines the most.
He doesn’t want perfect; He doesn’t expect that from us. He is the only one that can be perfect so why are we constantly trying? I am a recovering perfectionist. If I don’t get it right the first time, I probably won’t do it again or I will research the crap out of it to psych myself out so much that I won’t even attempt to try. Where are all my perfectionists? Do you understand the struggle with me?
But God literally doesn’t care! He doesn’t care if we have our lives put together. He doesn’t want us to be like that other person who is walking their walk with Him. He just wants us to rely on Him! Their walk is not better than yours just because they are only showing the highlight reel. They aren’t in some way closer to God because they have been doing it longer. Your walk is yours & yours alone. Never downgrade your walk because of how you see someone else’s. Your walk is just as important as the next! Walk your walk of faith!”
We must learn that comparing our walks with other people is not going to get us anywhere. Who cares if she is further along in her walk than you? So what if she is more consistent with reading her bible than you are? You are getting there. So what if their path is taking them to a bigger stage than you? We are so concerned with being successful that we are forgetting the whole purpose of our lives: bring more people to God, do what God has called us to do and for Him to be glorified through it, not us. We are attempting to fill a space that we were never meant to fit into. We are constantly attempting to be like some of the people around us when we were meant to stand out.
People are going to try and tell you how you need to have your walk of faith, guidance is welcomed and getting wisdom from people who have been doing it longer is always a plus but do not let them make you feel bad because they feel like you aren’t walking your walk of faith “correctly”. Your walk is between you and God. If you are following what God has created you to be then you have nothing to feel ashamed of. By all means, do not being going into the world cussing up a storm and doing things that we know to be evil and then turn around and say that you are a Christian. We are here to shower out God’s love to others, not do all the seven deadly sins.
Do not allow what you see others doing downgrade what God has created for you. Do not allow it to make you feel like you are unqualified. You are meant to freaking fly, friends! You are meant to have your own measure of success. You are meant to spread your own wings! I will say it over and over again until I am blue in the face, if God is bringing you to something then He is going to see you through it. He is not going to leave you to fend for yourself. He has made you for such a time as this, right? That is what we are constantly told. So, why not start believing you can seriously fly in this world? Why not stretch your wings out & do what God has been calling you to do?
I know you don’t feel qualified. I know you feel like you are in the infant stages of your walk, and you can’t help anyone but oh my goodness, you can. I have always felt like I was too young to give off any kind of wisdom or people aren’t going to believe that I dealt with an identity crisis at such a young age. But, oh boy did I! Your story is so important and that is what makes your walk just as important. Read Ephesians 2, especially Ephesians 2:10 “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.”
You are a masterpiece handmade by Christ! HANDMADE! That means you were created for a purpose regardless of what your walk with faith looks like right now. That means that you were made for your own unique walk of faith, not someone else’s. You were made to fly. You were made to soar. You were made to touch the sky. You were made to be you. You can fly, all you have to do is spread your wings.
Some things to think about & journal if you’re feeling spunky:
- How many times have you been discouraged in your walk of faith based off how you see someone else’s walk is going?
- Has someone ever made you feel like your walk isn’t good enough because it doesn’t look like theres?
- Is it time for you to start using your own wings to fly, instead of trying to use someone else’s? (Hint: the answer is yes.)