I have over the years shared thoughts on John Maxwell Giants of the Faith Speak Into Our Lives book series. Right now, I am reading through the Wisdom from Women in the Bible series.
On the table of contents page, this chapter was called, “Miriam . . . for when you are discouraged because others seem more successful than you.”
I am a rather normal person with normal abilities. Any successes I have had in my life is because of God’s goodness to me and because I worked hard — not because of any talent I have. Therefore, there have been many people that have been much more “successful” than me.
Usually, that doesn’t bother me. I don’t like to be the one in front or in charge although I often am in charge as I have to be. I am happy when others do well — but sometimes, I like to be noticed too. Sometimes, I wish I knew how to do things that I could do from home to earn money or to help out in our church more. Yet, God has given me — and He has given you — the skill set that we each need. He made with a purpose and a plan and He can use us just the way we are, if we let ourselves be used by Him.
The real title of the chapter is, “Miriam: Don’t Let Comparison Steal Your Joy.”
Comparison is something that is easy for all of us to do. We could compare ourselves to our siblings, our classmates, our co-workers, the other ladies in our neighborhood or church, other moms, other pastor’s wives, other bloggers. . . the list could go on and on.
However, when we compare ourselves to others, we often try to make ourselves into what we see in others — and not what God has planned for us. When that happens, we are no longer doing what God wants us to do, and we will fail.
There are a few stories of Miriam in the Bible:
- In Exodus 2, we see a responsible older sister who helped spare her brother Moses’s life.
- In Exodus 15, she leads the women in singing praise to God after He delivered them from the Egyptians
- In Numbers 12:2, she spoke against Moses’ leadership.
The Bible does say that Aaron was with her and spoke out against Moses as well. However, Miriam’s name is mentioned first and she is the one who was struck with leprosy. Here is what Aaron and Miriam said, “Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it.”
Talk about jealousy!!
Listen to response of the Lord to this statement: “Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.”
He is basically saying, “I know best!!” He wasn’t saying that He couldn’t use Miriam and Aaron — we know He did use them. But they needed to be willing to be used in the way that He wanted to use them. Not everyone can be the head guy. God needs people in every rank doing His will. We just have to do what He tells us to do without worrying about what anyone else is doing.
Here are some life lessons that John Maxwell draws from Miriam’s life:
- “Just because you are capable doesn’t mean you are called.”
What does God want you to do? Do that first. Don’t get sidetracked doing everything that you can do and then not accomplish God’s plan for your life. Sometimes you have to say “No” to something good to do what is best.
Don’t let the desire to do something you could do well prevent you from doing what’s really best.John C. Maxwell
- “You should compare yourself to only one person.”
Maxwell says that one person is yourself. He says to compare yourself between who you are and who God created you to be.
There are two fantastic things about that (comparing yourself to yourself). First, God doesn’t condemn us when we fall short. And second, He has given us the tools to actually become that person.John C. Maxwell
- “You must find contentment in the role God has given you.”
God has made us the way we are for a purpose: to bring honor and glory to Him. If He wanted us to be different, He would have made us different. Yes, we can develop our abilities and grow to become better equipped tools for the Master to use. But if we are always trying to be someone that God didn’t make us to be, we will never be happy.
God did not make us all equal. However, He did make all of us to glorify Him. So whatever He has given us to do, we should do it with all our might for His honor and praise.
Whatever gifts God has given you are a privilege and a responsibility. Treat them accordingly. And don’t worry about whether they are more or less than another leader’s. That’s God’s business, not yours. He’s not comparing you to them, so neither should you.John C. Maxwell
- “You can change a bad attitude by cultivating gratitude.”
One way we can keep ourselves from feeling sorry for ourselves that we can’t do what others can do is making a decision to be thankful for what God has given us. When we remember to be thankful that God is willing to use us at all, then we will stop wishing to be someone different than what God made us to be.
Other John C. Maxwell blog posts include the following:
Running with the Giants Book:
- Moses: Live in the Faith Zone, Not the Safe Zone
- Nehemiah: We Need Help!
- Abraham: God Always Does the Right Thing
- Noah: Make a Difference!
- Joseph: Don’t Give Up
- Jonathan: Big Picture Thinking
- David: How’s Your Kid’s Heart?
- Naaman’s wife’s servant girl: One Small Act Can Make a Big Difference
- Rebekah: Going the Extra Mile
- Rahab: God’s Story is Full of Surprises
- Sarah: Waiting on God
- Ruth: Follow Your Heart?
- Hannah: God Answers
- Abigail: Never Underestimate the Power of One Small Act
- Miriam: Be Who God Made You To Be
The thoughtful topics for your posts could be related to but not limited to the following topics:
* homemaking * homeschooling * devotional or Biblical posts * Christian in nature * family/marriage * inspirational *
- Do NOT link up recipes, reviews, giveaways, diy, or crafts.
- Link up to three posts that have not been linked up to this linky previously!
- We would love it if you visited a couple other posts and left a comment or shared/pinned the post!
- If you wish, please follow Creative K Kids by subscribing to our newsletter or following us on social media.
If you link up, we would love if you put this button somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, or party page) or provide a text link so that others can also find these great posts.