The past few days I’ve been blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the Catalyst 2014 Conference. The conference has finished, but with so much truth to chew on we need time to process it all.
Every year Catalyst introduces me to a speaker which I have not previously heard, but gives a message which resonates with my heart. This year that speaker was Robert Madu. His message has been churning in my heart ever since.
Robert is the Evangelist and Teaching Pastor from Trinity Church in Dallas, Texas. He spoke out of the following two passages:
Hebrews 12:1-2 – God has set a race before each and everyone one of us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus who initiates and perfects our faith.
1 Samuel 18:5-9 – Saul became jealous of David based on a comparison made between them. He took his eyes off of his own race.
Leaders in the body of Christ can not run their race because they have their eyes on others in the race.
– Who are we racing?
– Who’s pace are we running according to instead of our own?
– The comparison game is a dangerous game to play.
Comparison is the thief of joy. It is like cancer to contentment. Comparison will consistently cloud the clarity of God’s call on your life.
“If you preach from your weakness, you will never lack material”
Everything you need to do is already in you. Stop complaining to the master about the pieces you did not get. You are a masterpiece.
The challenge is to stay in our lane, and run the race to Jesus.
No wonder Saul had a crash. He took his eyes off of his lane and put them on David.
Saul becomes a case study of the downward spiral comparison will bring to your life.
Comparison always starts with. “But me”
Some people connect every event in life back to “But me”
“But me” will blind you the reality of what is going on in life.
A “but me” person cannot celebrate a success.
It is so easy to put on these glasses today with the rise of social media.
Do the screens on our phones and laptops become mirrors where we check to see if we measure up to someone else? “Mirror, mirror on Facebook, tell me how my life should look?”
What change will we create if we stay in our lane and focus on what the Word says about us?
Run your own race.
We get intimidated when we compare how others run their race, rather than focusing on running your own race.
Be Yourself to Create Change as Stay in Your Lane and Run Your Race.
Robert’s message is on we need to hear again and again. Drift occurs in our lives subtlety and over time.
We must constantly ask ourselves what our race is and are we still running that one or desiring to run the race of another?
For more about the Catalyst Conference go to www.catalystconference.com