Without Rival— Week Five, Post Three

Written by: Melissa Lefevers

We continue along in our study and discussion of chapters 9 & 10 of Without Rival by Lisa Bevere.

Movies, television shows, novels, they all have a story. A story is filled with details and people. Lives shared and lost. Fantastic journey’s, love, comedy, suspense, adventure, drama, everyday life and things far beyond our imagination. We watch or read in anticipation to see what will happen. We get connected to our favorite characters, we laugh, cry and cheer them on. It is wonderful and exciting.

What if I told you that your life is a story? Would you dare to believe that it is just as exciting, adventurous and thrilling as your favorite story? Or would you look at your life and think someone else has a much better story than you do?

We tend to compare a lot. We look at others and see what they have and either want it or we are glad we don’t have it. We measure our success and failures through the eyes of others. We get caught up in trying to be something or someone and get lost. We lose who we are and who God created us to be.

I will dare to say we even compare ourselves to what I call “Christian Celebrities”. We think it would be wonderful to be that best selling author who is out on a speaking tour promoting her book. We see her life through social media and think that it is way better than ours. We wish we could sing, and be on tour with our favorite worship leaders. I know someone has done that before because I know that I have. Wished and wanted something that is not mine to wish and want.

You have a story. I have a story. If we are to live a life without rival we must embrace that.

Lisa Bevere states on page 230 of “Without Rival”; “You were not created for comparison…You were created for God’s Son.” She also goes on to say “No one else can live your story. It’s time your pages come alive.”

I whole heartily agree with that. We must stop comparing ourselves and start living out the life God has already written for us. Your story is unique and my story is unique. God wrote it just for you. He wrote mine just for me.

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. “ Psalm 139: 15-16

Your story is yours. Do not let comparison rob you of the joy of your story. Do not let comparison steal from you the precious moments God has ordained just for you. Let us open our eyes and see that our story is truly one of great adventure for our great God. It is Your Story it is time to let it come alive.

Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.

Conversation Cafe:

  1. Do you have trouble comparing your life to others?
  2. What do you do to fight comparing yourselves to others?