I realized that I’ve been spending most of my time and resources trying to be creative, but I haven’t been trying very hard to be compassionate. In the music and design world it’s all about staying on the cutting edge, which naturally leads us to compare ourselves to others. But when we turn our eyes away from those we feel inferior to, and away from our own inequities, and fix our gaze solely on Jesus and everything He's done and everything He is, the things of earth grow strangely dim — things like inadequacy and disappointment.
God’s plan for us is not to become more like the people we look up to; it’s for us to become more like Christ. And it seems to me that the people who truly get that are the ones blessed with amazing lives and amazing ministries. In Matthew 16:25 Jesus says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” In that passage He is telling us that He is the only way to truly find meaning and fulfillment in life.
You may be thinking that you lack the qualities to be Christ-like. Myself, I struggle with being compassionate. But where does compassion come from? Things like compassion and humility are not natural for most people — we have to pray and ask God to help us be more like Him, and I’ve already seen God answer that prayer for me in some neat ways.
Don’t waste time trying to emulate or compare yourself to anyone else, because you will continue to be disappointed. Don’t let the world tell you that you’re a failure, or that you’ll never be good enough. You’re not supposed to be like everyone else. You were fearfully and wonderfully made, with a purpose. Let’s let Christ be our goal, our role model.
• Cameron Sprinkle is a worship leader, tech junkie and loves his wife, Karissa; cream soda; and above all, Jesus. Follow him @cameronsprinkle on Twitter or cameronsprinkle.tumblr.com or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.