GOOD NEWS FOR THE JOURNEY
John 21:18-22 I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”
PERCEPTION // What I see/hear God saying/doing:
Father, I am reminded once again that I like to examine myself through comparison with others…just like Peter and John. But You have called me to follow You, imitating You, emulating You…not someone else
PLAN // What I am going to do about it:
Invidiously comparing myself with others simply produces pride…as I catch myself doing this, let me use it as an opportunity to turn towards humility. I will find one person each day this week to praise for something that is beyond my ability.
PRAYER // Seal the deal:
“Lord, help to not think less of myself, but to think about myself less” (C.S. Lewis)