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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!

Quiet Lives?

1 THESS 4:10 But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Isn't life supposed to be simple? Why does everything have to be so complicated? Chaos, confusion, anxiety, stress and clutter often keeps us from the simple things. Some time ago I got a book called "Simplify Your Life". Well, it was really called 101 Ways to Simplify Your Life. 101 ways! Like I have time for that...I need one way! Ever wonder why we can't get the 12 Step program down to 6 steps or 3? And if God wants me to live a quiet life, how do I possibly do that?

Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still and know that He is God. Stillness calms the spirit and takes us to a place free from confusion and chaos. Trusting God to help in whatever way He chooses knowing that His way is better than any way I could come up with. So take a deep breath, let go and let God do His thing. Jesus made it simple. Love the Lord with all of your heart and soul and mind and strength. And then turn that love outward, "toward those who are outside". Love your neighbor as you love yourself. This sums up the way we are to live...quiet lives, minds where they belong, and our hands  and hearts working and helping others.