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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Why Not Me?

The question “why not me” is something many of us will struggle with as we go through life.

It starts as children in school, when we are not picked for a part in a play or chosen for a team. It continues as adults in our relationships, when someone we desire to know has no desire to know us.

It can occur in the workplace, when we don’t get that much needed pay raise or are passed over for a position, we feel qualified for.

This question may loom in our hearts and minds as we see others thrive in relationships and environments where we have tried to make inroads.

The effects on our lives can be as minor as a wish for more or as major as a defining moment.

As we search to answer this question, we must ask ourselves if our motivation is driven by ego and a need for recognition or is it something else?

For many of us, this question has caused us to push beyond the limitations and circumstances of life. Although this can be extremely gratifying, it can also intensify the question “why not me”, as we want and push for more.

So, we must ask ourselves why it matters? When we do, we may find “why not me” is really a window into somet

hing deeper that exists in our hearts and minds?

Fortunately, though we may struggle to find the answer, our Lord knows the desire of our hearts. Because of this, we can be assured when those desires and motives are pure, “why not me,” will give way to less of me and more of Him.

This requires us to trust, be patient and believe He is using us where He has placed us.

When we can accept this truth, we will find “why not me”, is no longer the question that matters. The question that matters is where and how will He use me next!

1 Peter 5:6-7, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

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