Just Like Peter

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'See how you measure up' photo (c) 2007, Shawn Rossi - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

So I’ve been thinking about that personality profile that I talked about Monday.  It said that other Biblical people that had that same profile would have been Saul, David, Leah and Abigail. And that’s kind of neat.  But in my other reading that I didn’t post it talked about how Peter would have probably fit this profile, as well.  So that got me to thinking.

Those are some pretty major characters.

And I’ve written about a couple of them several times, David and Peter.  It can kind of get overwhelming thinking that, Wow.  I sort of have a similar personality to these guys.  And look what they did!

David killed Goliath with a slingshot.

David lead his army into many victorious battles with the Lord’s help.

David was called a Man after God’s own heart.

Peter walked on water.

Peter walked with Christ.

Peter is called the stone upon which the church will be built.

It’s easy to get caught up in all of these incredible things that they did.  When I start to compare myself to others, I eventually just shut down.  It’s to hard to measure up.  It’s too hard to do and say the right thing all the time.  There’s so much pressure there to perform.  It’s easier just to sell out to the idea that I’ll never be good enough.

Especially when all I see is the outward non-messiness of their lives.

But Christ hasn’t called me to be like David.  He hasn’t called me to be just like Peter.  I’m Julie.  I’m trying to break into my own path, and it’s a struggle every day not to give in to the thought that I’ll never be like these guys.

And then I hear this voice from inside say, But you’re only looking at the incredible things that their lives produced.  You’re forgetting that they were human and prone to mistakes just like you.

David committed adultery and had the husband of his lover killed.

Peter denied Christ as He was hanging on the cross. 

And while I would like to think that I’m above either of those things, the truth of the matter is is that I’m probably not.  Which just makes me all the more thankful for the fact that God doesn’t want me to make sure I have it all together.  He uses my all-togetherness just as much as He uses my brokenness.  And sometimes I think that He uses my brokenness way more than when I’ve got it all together.

So today I’m thankful that I might have the same personality as David and Peter might have had.  Just a couple guys put in some incredible positions because they were willing.  That’s all.

They were willing.

What Biblical character would you want to be like?

 

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  • Another thought about David, Bathsheba, and Uriah. Uriah was a Hittite, an enemy people. Uriah had given up his people because he believed in David and one can only assume God as well. Uriah was one of David’s Mighty Men. Uriah was very close to David and had given up much to be that close to him. If anyone deserved more trust, love, whatever, it was probably him. When I realized that, the story made a bigger impact on me than before.