During introductions at the beginning of a small group, I introduced myself as “a gifted and talented teacher.” After noticing a few raised eyebrows and a funny look from a co-leader, I quickly corrected that statement to say, “I am a teacher of gifted and talented students.”
The fact is, more often than not, I will put myself down rather than build myself up. I don’t usually toot my own horn. I tend to fall into that enemy laid trap of comparison to others.
God has things to say about both of those mindsets.
About thinking too highly of ourselves, Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Proverbs 27:2 reminds us, “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
But God also wants us to realize who we are in Christ and the value that He places on that position. God doesn’t want us to have feelings of inferiority or being “less” than another. 1 Peter 2:9 proclaims, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” We are chosen and set aside for God’s use! God bestows each of us with gifts that He wants us to use for His glory and to build His kingdom. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10.
In my educational world, the term “gifted” refers to a child that demonstrates the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age. There’s that word “compared.” Unfortunately, that is part of the identification process for the gifted and talented program – the comparison.
As a Christian, I do not need to compare myself to others – either thinking of myself more highly or lowly. My worth comes from the One Who Made Me. God does not rate my worth on how I compare to His other children. What He asks is that I hold Him above all else. He asks that I use the gifts He has given me, with the strength He provides me, in the circumstances He sets before me. If I am pleasing the King of Kings, well, there is no comparison to that!
Praise God that we are all identified as “gifted” in His kingdom! ~ Judy
Guest writer ~ Judy Simpson
Judy is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She teaches elementary school aged children and loves the excitement and love they share. Judy enjoys reading, knitting, and traveling to see those precious grandchildren. She finds her passion in knowing the love of Jesus and spreading His joy and peace.
Thank you Judy! ~ BoP