I read recently that Theodore Roosevelt became President of the United States when he was 42 years old. Since I’m 43, that caught my attention. And I’ll have to admit it discouraged me as I compared what he accomplished in 42 years with what I have accomplished in 43.
But as I thought more about it, I realized that my discouragement had come from violating the Biblical command not to compare ourselves to others. As far as I know, it wasn’t God plan for me for spend my life climbing to the top of the ladder in national politics. It was God’s will for me to teach Christians how to redeem the time.
The point is, we get discouraged and off track from what God wants in our lives, when we continually compare ourselves with someone else. There is only one person’s time you will be accountable for at the judgment- your own.
God won’t ask you and I why we didn’t become President. But He will ask if we redeemed the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.