One of the biggest qualities of a rogue is that they keep their eye focused on their goal. They get excited about possibilities. They enjoy the process of whatever it is they are working toward. They don’t get discouraged during the journey – whether it’s because of what people say or because things aren’t going as planned. They filter criticisms and seamlessly shift directions if they need to.
But when I think of a rogue, I feel like they realize that their mission is their mission. It doesn’t belong to someone else and no one else’s mission belongs to them. And with that acknowledgement, it seems like comparison discouragement wouldn’t be an issue.
But we’re all human and we all deal with those insecurities – even the rogue at times.
Every time I get discouraged because I’m focused on comparing my mission with someone else’s, I try to meditate on this verse in Galatians:
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:4-5 (The Message)
It’s comforting to know that I don’t need to live my friends’ lives for them, that I only need to focus on my own. I love how The Message version says to “sink yourself into that.” It’s telling us to consume ourselves only with our own calling and that we are only responsible for our goals.
That’s not to say that a rogue is self-absorbed or self-serving. After all, the scripture says, “Don’t be impressed with yourself.” Humility, thankyouverymuch. No, their mission could be to reach out to others in need so they’re actually serving others. But if that person who helps in a homeless kitchen is comparing themselves with a missional doctor in Africa and feel like their job is minuscule – they might find themselves discouraged. When really, their job in serving locally is as important as the missionary’s. Each is an important service to the world they live in – affecting those around them in their circle of influence.
So if you’ve found the work you are supposed to be doing, do it without comparing that mission with others’. Don’t get discouraged thinking your mission isn’t as important. I promise you, what you’re doing is important. We’re only supposed to do what we’re called to do and to try out best to do it well.
Let’s “sink ourselves into that.”