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Losing Our Identity

2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. One of the hardest things to do when you are unhappy, bored or disouraged is to not compare your life with someone else's. Some have called it a comparison trap. Oftentimes when we are idle or restless in our own lives, we seem to notice what is going on and into the lives of others. When this happens we lose our own identity. It's not wise to compare yourself to another person or your life to their life.  Don't fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. You are exactly the way you are supposed to be. Don't let the weakness in you affect the greatness in you. You have been given all that you need to be the success that God desires for you. Settle down and settle in to that best version of you that we all want to see. You are amazing!

Pillars

For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. Gal 2:8,9
What kind of a person are you? Paul, in his letter to the Galatians spoke of a few of his buddies: James, Cephas and John. He called the "pillars".
When I think of pillars I think of huge stabilizers attached to a building that add beauty, support and dimension to the structure. Some of the most beautiful pillars are connected to some of the most incredible buildings. The entire building would look different if the pillars were removed.
I think Paul was saying of this trio that they were a great enhancement to what he was doing. They made him look good, kept him balanced and provided a sounding board for his teachings and opinions.
Fact is, we are all buildings, God's workmanship and we all could use some "pillar" people in our lives. Take a look around. Who helps you remain standing when you want to fall? Whose very presence always makes you look even better? Are you engaging with others or is your life one dimensional? Do you have any "pillars" in your life?