Why Aren’t Others Like Me?

If it is possible for me to lose an ability – if only for a time – then it also remains possible for someone else to have neither gained nor ever gain that same ability.

You and I are human and therefore governed by the same universal rules, both intrinsically and externally, thus, the possibility exists that you also can lose an ability which I have never, and may not ever, receive.

Todd Beal

Whatever the gift – whether in personality, physical ability, raw intellect, or God-given faith (including gifts of the spirit) – if any one of us can lose a gift, it is possible then, and likely, that someone else does not possess that same gift, or at the very least the same measure of it.

We need to be careful about what judgments we entertain against our fellow human brothers and sisters, whether openly or in secret, just because they don’t share our same abilities. We each were born with a purpose, and, with that purpose, certain abilities turn on and off according to when we need them and when we do not. If you lack wisdom to form a sound judgment, don’t judge. Instead, ask for the wisdom to first understand that upon which you are about to pronounce a verdict. And above all, ask God for the wisdom to discern your lack of it.

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About Todd Beal

I love truth and its facts. I love thought-provoking conversations that give both the other person and me a better understanding of a particular topic. I love to find answers to life-long questions; answers that let me see things for what they are instead of what they seem to be. I truly enjoy being in the midst of a group of people where all individuals are joining in, where everybody is enjoying the company of each other. I relax in the company of individuals who are competent yet humble. I like to catch myself doing or saying something ridiculous and then laugh my head off. I enjoy my church and being involved.
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8 Responses to Why Aren’t Others Like Me?

  1. A. C. Baker says:

    True story (but don’t tell anybody)…

    Not long ago, my wife and I patronized a well-known place, not in our hometown, that starts with a “W” and ends with an “art.” To make a long story short, I looked to my wife and said, “Am I crazy, or is everyone in this place weird? Or, are WE the weird ones?”

    I didn’t want to feel like a snob, so I figured the best alternative was to admit we were the odd ones. Not everyone can be like us 😉

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  2. susan m says:

    You might find it interesting to know that the three big religions, and the eastern ones that came before them, have all been INVENTED by the same family, who use incest and baby-switching to control the traits in their family. They make up religions to control people they conquer and want to keep enslaved and well-behaved.

    If you look deep within your soul you will find a place where this truth is known. The family is known as The Brotherhood, or the inventors of cities, the de Villiers, or the devil and evil. They are the ones with big noses and like their palaces with red carpets, so this includes British wealthy elite, Arabs, Jews, all of the people with money and power.

    The simple explanation is that they were from a terrible culture living on the Atlantic Ridge in pre-historic times, then they invaded the Mediterranean and changed the world from natural tribes of the five original races, African, blue eyed blond Nordic, North American red indian, South American brown Indian, and original Chinese – to a world where they mixed the races and pretended they were native to each place to take over.

    The best feeling in the world is when you let go of religion and embrace the truth of your own soul. There is a real creator, but everything else in religion is just tricks to keep us scared and fighting and weak.

    Also, Jesus was based on the grandson of Julius Caesar, named Lucius Caesar, and thus why Luke and named after him. He was a con-artist, had sex and children with family members, and later was the person that Bad Lord Soulis was based on, a medical experimenter in the Scottish border country.

    So if you really care about your soul, let it hear and speak the above truths. That is what it is really weeping and yearning to do.

    Love to you all,
    Susan

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  3. I believe there are different judgments ~ we must judge between evil and good, and such choices but we are not to give final condemnation. Sometimes it simply isn’t our place. Nevertheless we are to make a diversity of decisions which develop us. What’s your consideration? Thanks for your comment Todd.~ Deborah

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    • Todd Beal says:

      Deborah,

      It is interesting that you say this. Just today I had this conversation with a coworker. He said we are not to judge. I said, “The Bible does not say we are absolutely never to judge. In Paul’s letters to the churches, he told the believers to throw out certain ones who were sleeping with someone else’s wife, spreading a false gospel, or committing any other conscious willful sin. Jesus said don’t judge the speck in your brother’s eye when in fact you have a log in your own eye. He was saying do not judge, lest that same judgment apply to the judge himself (you/me).” It is ironic that the first person to pass judgment is the very person to whom that same judgment applies. Scripture is giving us instruction for applying sound judgment. God is telling us, “Get your heart right before me before judging the wrong in others.” That’s it – nothing more, nothing less. Paul judged the members of Christ’s church, and did so authentically (justifiably).

      Christ told his disciples in Matthew 10:16 [NASB], “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” The bottom line: if we lack the ability to make sound spiritual judgment, then we also lack spiritual integrity, which in turn deprives us of spiritual wisdom. Hence the reason for today’s pseudo Church; the face of which ‘advertises’ Christ, yet bars his Holy Spirit from coming inside.

      It is important to note here, Paul does not once pass condemnation on these individuals. In each scenario, he makes very clear, “Put them out of the church.” Not once does he try to play God. He employs spiritual discernment, judges sin according to the spiritual wisdom God gave him, and leaves the ultimate verdict to God alone. If ever there was a person to spiritually emulate, Paul is that person.

      The point I am trying to make with this post: just because God gave you or me a particular ability, that does not mean he gave that same ability to someone else. Therefore, we are not to judge someone according to our abilities, but by theirs. And ironically, this requires we set our self aside in order to understand another person’s capabilities; the result of which disallows falsely judging our fellow man. God demands we know our fellow humans, intimately.

      Isn’t that ironic; God intimately knows us.

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  4. FABULOUS POST! Elder Jeffrey R. Holland wrote, “Just because God is God, just because Christ is Christ, they cannot do other than care for us and bless us and help us if we will but come unto them, approaching their throne of grace in meekness and lowliness of heart. They can’t help but bless us. They have to. It is their nature” (Trusting Jesus, 68).

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  5. Hi Todd,

    We live in a society that wants to turn out a uniform product. We are told that we must have certain qualities or we are of no value. We are judged by intelligence, position, power, money, appearance, health, age and numerous other factors. Most of these are things we have little or no ability to change and so we must forever be found wanting. Even the ones who are acceptable for a short time soon move into the unacceptable category even if it is just because of age or health.

    There is always someone richer, smarter, more beautiful, and “better”. The best among us is doomed to fail. In CA there was a license tag that said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” It is a very sad game we are asked to play.

    I was told something a long time ago that has always had an important place in my thoughts: “When you get to heaven, Christ won’t ask you why you were not John or Peter or Mary; He will ask you why you were not Elizabeth.”

    I have made a concerted effort since that time to quit trying to be someone that I am not and to find out who I am and be true to myself and to do what God created me to do. God is not an industrialist. He is not trying to mass produce people. He didn’t make 4 brands and 20 models. God is a master craftsman. He has made billions of people and each one of us is unique. He has a purpose and a plan for each of us. We fit into our special place in a certain time period and no one else can do our part. Our actions are important. Each word is important. Our thoughts are important. Each of us affects lots of other people. He did not make any “throw away people.”

    Once we grasp a little of our own uniqueness, we began to develop an appreciation for the unique qualities of others. We begin to see the special qualities that each person brings to the table. We begin to nurture them and help them appreciate the fact that they are not required to “fit in” to some Utopian Master Plan.

    We are not in a competition. No one else can ever be us and we can never be them. We learn to just help the people we can with lovingkindness and to appreciate the unique qualities that God has given each of us. We learn to be content in God’s will for our lives.

    Elizabeth

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