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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!

Who Cares?

Every once in a while the Lord dramatically interrupts my life. The other day I was prompted to read more of a scripture I had taught on some time ago. It was from Ephesians 4:17 where Paul is reminding the people not to live like unbelievers do in the futility of thinking. The greek word for futility simply means "one who has ceased to care". I acknowledged the interruption, and then ceased to care! Just kidding, I always listen to what the Lord tries to say to me even though I don't always understand it.
There are people that are living life in the futility of their mind. Futility brings with it darkened understanding, separation from God, ignorance of God's ways, a hardening of the heart and a loss of sensitivity. What happens when we "cease to care" is that we jump on a downward escalator that leads us to abandon all that is right and good and we fall prey to spiritual numbness. How do you know when things are going wrong? How can you tell if you are on the wrong road? You lose "feeling". You stop caring about the lost, the helpless, the hopeless, the homeless. And when you go numb you "give yourself over" to every kind of impurity and an insatiable appetite for more and more.
Today, get rid of the things that are stealing your joy. And if God interrupts you, acknowledge it, embrace it, and get dressed...we've got alot of things to do today!