Having a mustard seed compared to the sequoia tree others are having, it is not inevitable to feel like you’re someone less than them, or less than who you’re supposed to be, as you think you are.
I remember someone asked me why life is so unfair. And in some sense, that question just means why is my life lesser than theirs.
Why would the idea of being less exist? Is it not because we compete with others? Is it not because we compare people among people? Is it not because we envy of their haves and not haves?
We tend to look at others so that we may know if we have been on the standard, or if we’re living a good life, and to see if we’re doing the right things.
“Others” being the standard of our being is what will make us feel less.
Let me tell you this. This is cliche but you will not be able to enjoy life if you go around dwelling on the thought of others being greater than you, while self-pitying. The more you’ll put other people as your standard, the more you’d be devastated and feel insecure.
Hear this, there will always be someone lesser and greater than you are when you compare. Comparing is always the prerequisite of knowing the better and the worse. Indeed, we all have our own set of things and situations, own road to take, and own destination to go.
Focus on what you have and have a thankful heart.
A thankful heart just basically means a having a heart full of thanks!
Yet sometimes, we forget to thank God for the blessings that we have just because we cannot get hold of the things that we would rather have.
Desiring for greater things isn’t really a bad thing. We’re told to hope and believe God for greater things. Yet when we focus on them too much that we let them affect how we respond today with what we have, that’s where things can go wrong.
Look at the things God has entrusted you and blessed you with. Look around you and you’ll see those answered prayers and surprises that you didn’t ask for.
You are not someone less once you become God’s child. Think about the cross, think about the heaven, think even about the life you have, which is a gift. Above all, think about the Giver of all these things.
Do something with what you have.
You’ll see that having a mustard seed is not so bad after all.
First, it means you have something in your hand. You have something! Don’t let that seed sleep in your cabinet. Let it out, and sow it the best way you can. Let it grow in a good soil within a healthy environment. Water it. Take care of it.
And rejoice in the hope that soon, it will grow into something big.
Successful people, those who have got hold of their dreams, wouldn’t be where they are if they didn’t work on it so hard. Put your heart into it and pray that God will be honored through what He gave you. Time will come that you will reap something grand from what you have worked hard on.
Second, every gift you have has a responsibility attached with them. With what you have, you have a choice to use them for your own good and for others.
When that mustard seed of yours grow into a very large tree, then birds will come to take shelter and rest on its branches. Animals will benefit from the shade caused by its leaves (Matthew 13:32). This verse talked about the Kingdom of God. And you, being part of it, inherit this responsibility.
You see, God did not intend for you to have that mustard seed only for you to be blessed, but also for you to be a blessing to others. Be a reason for someone to thank God for something. And that, I guess, is the best way to handle your blessings!
Take that mindset of being less away. God entrusted you with something, well, a lot of things really (you just have to realize them!), so make the best out of each of them. It’s not about what others have that you don’t, but it’s about how you choose to be a good steward with the things you have according to God’s will.
Ultimately, your abundance in life is sure in Christ. You don’t have to worry of all the things that makes you think you are less. Christ made you able to live life to the fullest. Now it is your turn to make the best out of that opportunity.
Someone who left the comparison game