The Art of Thinking Sensibly

thinkingI recently attended the SheSpeaks Conference in North Carolina.  It was great and I learned a lot.  However, some of what I learned would probably not be the things the speakers may have intended.  As I sat in breakouts and listened to the keynotes (the people teaching me how to be like them), I felt myself asking questions.  How do these women do it?  How do they travel, write Bible Studies, raise kids, enjoy their husbands, and essentially, live out the message they are teaching?  

The reality is that these women do not have more hours in their day than I have in mine.  So, I feel that my question is legitimate.  How do they live out the message they are teaching with all the other things they are doing?

I can’t give you the answer but what I do know is that as women, we are experts at comparing ourselves with one another and even wishing we were someone else.  We base our comparison on someone’s highlight reel not upon a sensible evaluation of what is really happening.

Our job is to fulfill the calling and purpose we were created by God for.  Quit trying to be someone else.  In Romans, Paul says to “think sensibly” in regards to who you are and what God wants to do with you.

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.–Romans 12:3

Our job is not to try to be someone else.  With sensibility, consider your gifts, consider your talents, your past experiences and your passions.  What is the unique way you were shaped to be used?

According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts:

If prophecy,
use it according to the standard of one’s faith;
if service, in service;
if teaching, in teaching;
if exhorting, in exhortation;
giving, with generosity;
leading, with diligence;
showing mercy, with cheerfulness.

How have you struggled with trying to be “like” someone else when God created you for something uniquely made for you?  Share with me your thoughts about comparing and how to “think sensibly” in regards to your gifts.

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