A couple years ago while I was on a long hike, I listened to a series of sermons on living a balanced lifestyle. During this audio marathon, I scrolled through a list of articles on my phone by the same topic and came across a quote from a pastor which said, “Everyone’s plate is a different size.” This simple thought was intriguing and liberating.
Here’s why. . .
Because everyone’s plate is a different size, God hasn’t put on my plate what He has put on yours. So, you may be able to carry a load I can’t. Or, I may be able to master a particular task you are unable to, because it’s not how you have been created.
Because my plate is a particular size, it means I have been uniquely designed to carry out particular purposes and plans for God. Therefore, I do not beat myself up that I am not doing what you are doing. I know I uniquely fill a particular role in God’s Kingdom.
How wonderful that we can all be exactly who God has created us to be! Therefore, we never have to fret and try to live someone else’s life.
Celebrating You, Celebrating Me
The minute I agree that God has, in His sovereignty, placed on my plate what He hasn’t placed on yours, is the minute I can celebrate your accomplishments–and I can be content with mine. The word “comparison” is no longer in my vocabulary. I do not criticize you for doing too much or not enough. And I am not jealous or wish I could do what you are doing. Instead, I rejoice in what you accomplish. I am also equally grateful for what God is doing through me for His glory (2 Thessalonians 1:12).
I see myself in the context of a greater whole with each one of God’s children uniquely serving Him with their gifts and talents. I agree with 1 Peter 4:10 which says, “. . . each has received a gift. . . as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
Empowered by God
When I realize that what is on my plate has been placed there by my Creator, I also know He will empower me to do what He has called me to (Philippians 4:13). For this reason, I can always be successful. I must remember that He will not empower me to do what someone else is doing if that is not my assignment.
All these things are why it’s important to ask God what we should be doing and not compare ourselves to what others are doing.
Everyone’s plate is a different size.
Have you ever believed the lie that your plate should be the same size as someone else’s? If so, what was the result? What does Psalm 139 say about how long God has known you and how He has designed you? Take a moment and thank God for how He has uniquely made you to fill a specific role in His Kingdom.