Comparing Apples to Oranges
Updated: Aug 10
It’s not that I’m not seeing fruit, what I’m doing is judging fruit. I’m wanting bushels when God wants me to focus on the grape.
It’s my job to focus, It’s his job to produce and judge the fruit.
"When they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding." 2 Corinthians 10:12
When we seek to value our accomplishments by measuring them against other's, we show that we are "without understanding". We lack accuracy in measuring because we don't understand the measurement.
We are quick to judge small things as little when we don’t have an accurate way to measure them. God sees things from the top-down, an overview encompassing the total picture. I have more of a bottoms-up look at things. I can't discern depth and scope from my tiny vantage point.
God measures differently than we do. He isn't limited by time and sees the product while I'm still looking at the tiny seed. I need trust to broaden my vision.
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10 NLT
It’s not about outcome as much as attitude.
I sometimes get stuck in a growing season, mine or my children's, where I think no progress is being made. I will allow my thoughts to tell me, " It will always be this way", or "they never try", and even "I will always fall short". My thoughts can be pretty bossy.
I can choose to shut down these thoughts with the truth: God restores and renews everything I put in His hands. The truth is: things will not always be this way; God can change my heart; when I fall short, He can still use me.
Be on the lookout for small beginnings. They are the best for God showing off His glory. Be faithful and show up with your whole heart even to the things you think are small. I have the feeling that when we get to heaven the largest things that we accomplished will have been things that the world didn't notice at all. Praying is one of the most unseen things you can do, but I'm certain that it accomplishes more than anything I try in my own effort.