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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!

Turn on the Light

We have a part of our church on the second floor that I walked through the other day. There are about six rooms that are connected together. The problem is that no lights were on. It was dark. And the light switches are not in the right places to help guide you. You have to walk several feet in the dark before you find the switch. As I took that little journey I crashed into a variety of items that had been stored up there. First I hit my toes on the poles that were on the floor, then something that was about two feet taller than that hit me in the waist! As I tried to move to the side away from those things the left side of my head hit on something that was higher than the other two! It was like the storage room was knocking me out! 
Now all of this could have been avoided had I been able to flip on the switch that illuminates the room before I walked into it. Often I find myself accepting the fact that sometimes you have to start out walking in the dark but that is not what the Lord told us. He said His Word (the Bible) is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. In other words, His Word flips on the switch for me as well as giving me some insight to some of the steps that are a bit further down the road on my path. I flip on the light switch every time that I read His Word.
So don't believe that darkness is supposed to be around you or that you are going to have to live with it or walk in it for a while. You've got a lamp inside your heart. Turn it on!