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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!

Burning Desire

"WHEN Edwin C. Barnes climbed down from the freight train in Orange, N. J., more than thirty years ago, he may have resembled a tramp, but his thoughts were those of a king!
As he made his way from the railroad tracks to Thomas A. Edison's office, his mind was at work. He saw himself standing in Edison's presence. He heard himself asking Mr. Edison for an opportunity to carry out the one CONSUMING OBSESSION OF HIS LIFE, a BURNING DESIRE to become the business associate of the great inventor.
Barnes' desire was not a hope! It was not a wish! It was a keen, pulsating DESIRE, which transcended everything else. It was DEFINITE." excerpt from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Burning Desire is what set Mr. Barnes part from all of Edison's other assistants. As I read this story I started to think about some life lessons I have learned, specifically one piece of advice that was given to me: "don't burn bridges!" It was usually in the context of relationships with bosses or employers. The idea was that you need to treat people well on the way up in your career because you will see them all again on your way back down!

In relationships this may be true, but when pursuing your goals, your life purpose, you and I must not let anything stand in the way of our burning desire. In my life I have experienced crossing some bridges and arriving at a new place. But when the heat got too hot I retreated back across the bridge into a state of the familiar and comfortable. Burning desire must blaze along while burning bridges back to the comfortable. Pursue what you know in your soul to be your purpose and eliminate the "B" plan. Set your eyes on the mark and move forward with no thought of stopping. Edwin C. Barnes realized his goal. Burning desire destroyed all of the bridges back to complacency. Ask yourself today, do I have a burning desire to be all that I was created to be? Is this complacency or do I have a place to be?