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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!

Singing in the Pain

Sometimes life can be challenging. Some people do things that can cause pain on other people. You have probably been harmed by actions, words or some circumstances beyond your control. When I think about these "pains" I remember Paul and Silas and the one night after they had been stripped and beaten when they were thrown into prison. They were under heavy surveillance and bound hand and foot. They had to be in a great deal of pain. 
But the Bible says that at midnight, the two of them began to sing. Really? In chains and in prison and singing? Imagine that, singing in the pain! As their voices were lifted up their chains were falling off. Suddenly a violet earthquake shook the foundations of the prison and ALL of the doors flew open!
Today you may feel as if life has just stripped and beaten you. You may even be held captive by emotional distress or a troublesome circumstance. Why not try what Paul and Silas did? You too can start singing in the pain! When you start praising God He starts raising you up out of what has tried to smother you. Get ready for the doors of freedom to fly open! What a glorious feeling, you'll be happy again! Just singing in the pain!