“Anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you.”
Some of you might recognize these lines as song lyrics written by Irving Berlin from the musical, “Annie Get Your Gun”. The song is a musical duel between the competitive leads, Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. The words are all too true, no matter how good you are or think you are, someone is always better. Competition can be energizing, it causes some people to work or train harder, to study or practice more, to do whatever it takes to be the best. Competition can be discouraging, someone will get a higher score than you, someone else can do what you do faster, better, easier and it can make you think it is just not worth the effort.
When I started to blog I discovered an important aspect was connecting with other bloggers, reading what others were writing and thinking, commenting on other blogs and receiving comments on my own posts; this is a part of blogging I am enjoying very much.
It did not take long to discover that some of the people blogging are really, REALLY GOOD! Way way better than me at expressing themselves and their posts are really REALLY informative, thought-provoking and helpful! Reading and following these accomplished and gifted people make it easy to allow discouragement to overshadow the inexplicable urge to write and continue blogging. So you cannot imagine how happy I am to be reading the book of Numbers in my Bible.
Now if you have ever read the book of Numbers it is not exactly the most exciting book in the Bible! it is one of the first five books of the Bible or the Pentateuch. Numbers begins with God instructing Moses to take a census of the nation of Israel and counting people and things is the predominate activity in the first 7 chapters – maybe exciting to an accountant but not so much for the rest of us. But the Bible is full of truth and treasure and in chapter 2 God had a gem for me and for anyone else feeling over-looked and discouraged.
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, “The sons of Israel shall camp, each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ households; they shall camp around the tent of meeting at a distance.”
In the books prior to Numbers, God had given detailed instructions to the Israelites about His tabernacle, His laws and how He is to be worshipped. Now He gives them very specific camping instructions; who is to camp where. God tells Moses which tribes are to camp to the north, south east and west of the tabernacle, who is assigned as the leader of each tribe, and, He repeats the number of men (the census totals) for each tribe. God assigns each one their parking space. No one is omitted, everyone knows where they need to go and everyone has a specific spot.
I love what I see about God here:
- God is a God of order and not chaos.
- God is not random or capricious.
- God has a perfect plan.
- God has an assigned place for everyone.
Yep, I may not be the best blogger or whatever else I attempt, but God has a plan, a purpose and a place that I only I can fill and He has the same for you! My challenge and encouragement to myself and to you is to keep on keeping on; whatever God is calling you to do and wherever you are – hang in there and don’t stop. Do it to the best of your ability, ignore the “competition”, and keep putting one foot, or keystroke, in front of the other. God’s got me an assigned parking spot, it is right where it needs to be and I’m parking there!