My husband and I are vacationing at the beach this week (excuse me while I shout!) and I found myself doing what scores of other beach vacationers do – comb the shores for The Perfect Shell – or two, or fifty!
While I was filling my bag, I got to thinking about what makes shell collecting so irresistible.
1. Each shell is unique.
2. Each shell is beautiful with its shape, size and color.
3. Each shell has a special need to fill for decorating or crafting (can’t wait to show you the ideas I have for mine!).
For me to compare one shell to another would be injustice. They each have their own design and come from the hand of a Divine Creator. Are there any that are perfect? I don’t think so.
Maybe we like shelling because it reminds us a bit of how the Lord created us! We are each unique, we look different from one another, and each of us has a place to fill that only we could occupy. If we are tempted to compare ourselves with someone else we fail to see God’s perfect design.
Recently at the ladies’ retreat at The Wilds the speaker said,
“The result of comparison will always end up with a sinful result; if we come up short, we fail to see God’s hand, if we come out ahead, we deal with pride.”
So stop comparing yourself to someone else or expecting perfection in your looks, abilities or accomplishments. Pick up the shell you found on your latest trip to the beach and remind yourself of your uniqueness!
Headed back out to the sand…