Wednesday I sat down to read Extraordinary by John Bevere (a great book to start a new year with by the way!) and the same idea popped out at me.
Bevere was talking about the parable of the talents and how each person was given a different amount. While there are areas that we receive equally from God - His love, grace, promises, etc. - we are each given our own amount of talents (specific callings or assignments) and God expects us to be faithful with what he has given us.
Here is a short excerpt from the chapter:
If you compare yourself with an admired leader, family member, or friend, then you may come up short. The fact is, God probably gave that person more gifts, more ability, more talents than you. Hear Paul's words:
I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.
In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't. (Romans 12:3-6, MSG)
You were perfectly created by God to function in the kingdom and have the gifts and abilities to fulfill your specific assignment. So in regard to what we have, we cannot compare our measured results with others. However, in regard to what we do with what we have, we will be judged, and in this we bring pleasure, or a lack of it, to our heavenly Father.
Be you... just the way that God created you to be. Live your own life and leave others to live theirs. Stop comparing yourself to others and learn to love the life you were given.