Different Strokes For Different Folks

After writing over 600 blog postings I feel I have probably covered this subject before, so bear with me if this sounds like a possible repeat.  The good news to my faithful readers, is that though I may talk about the same subject multiple times, I rarely duplicate the exact same language or sub-topics, and even introduce new ones.

It occurs to me that it would be simple to apply the same rules to everyone, and to somehow think God does the same.  While there are areas where God applies the same rules there are many areas that are very specific to the individual.  What God requires of me, may not compare with what God requires of you.  Much of what God requires of me depends on what He has tasked me with doing, what resources I have at my disposal, what my capabilities are, and what ‘curve balls’ life sends my way.  These are very individual things, and cannot be placed in comparison with anyone else.

Only God knows what each individual faces, the trials they endure, the temptations they fight, the opportunities they are given, and if the final result meets His expectations.

The simple fact that I was born and raised in the United States versus Ethiopia gives me both opportunities and obligations that someone born in another part of the world may not have.  I didn’t earn this right, nor do I somehow deserve this blessing, it was part of God’s plan for me.

Let’s not get confused — with great blessings come great responsibilities.  To whom much is given, much is required.  So, it also stands to reason that to whom little is given, little is required.

So, what is my point?  Well, I have several that I would like to make in this short posting:

  1. It is not right, nor expected, that you should measure your life against someone else’s.  Whether you think you are better or worse than they are is not your call to make.  Be careful how you judge others…
  2. You don’t know what other people are facing in the their life.  They may be facing financial hardships, relationship hardships, health issues, mental or emotional distress, or a myriad of other things.
  3. In the final analysis only God, Himself, will be able to make the statement, “well done thou good and faithful servant”….  Why?  Because only He understands all the elements of our life, and what challenges we have faced, where we have failed, and where we have succeeded.  He is the only one qualified to make the call.

All that said, we must also understand we must agree to follow certain rules, and that these rules are applied to everyone.  Just because I’m facing personal hardships does not give me the right to mistreat someone else.

God gives us a code of conduct to follow, and regardless of intelligence, wealth, poverty, or health issues, He expects us to apply ourselves to this code.  When the time comes to face Him and give an account, it is doubtful that excuses will factor in.  What is clear is that it will only matter what we have done with what we have been given that will make a difference.  And from everything I can gather, burying your talent and thinking everything will be ok, is the worst thing you can do.


One Response to “Different Strokes For Different Folks”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    I love this scripture and remind myself of it many times. In fact, I quoted it yesterday before I even read this post today! God has given me much so therefore He has the right to require a lot out of me. Thank you for this Word today! Blessings….

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