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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!

Honesty is Such a Lonely Word

That's right, it's Billy Joel today! Remember this classic:
Honesty is such a lonely word. 
Everyone is so untrue. 
Honesty is hardly ever heard. 
And mostly what I need from you.

I heard the song yesterday and besides the fact that it took me back to high school, St. Elmo's Fire and bell-bottom jeans, it also made me think about how true it really is. Ever had a friend tell you they would do something and then not do it? Have you ever made a promise and not kept it? Can we even imagine what life could be like if we said what we meant and meant what we said?
Honesty is not possible when we are not obedient to the Lord. In Isaiah 59 it says:
So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance

truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
IS 59:14

Sin not only alienates us from God, it keeps us from being honest and righteous. You can't tell the truth when you lie to Him!
How about deciding today that you are going to be truthful. Speak from the heart. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep silent. Just don't let your lips speak falsely. 
If you are in a tight spot, pray. Talk to the Lord and ask for wisdom to deal with tough people and difficult situations. God will help you in your time of trouble: he is never untrue...honesty is what you will always get when you trust Him!
 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
       nor his ear too dull to hear
. IS 59:1