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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!

Going Down

Maybe your life is feeling like a downward spiral today. I remember a story about a guy named Jonah. God spoke to him and told him to go to Nineveh and tell the people to straighten up. Jonah heard the word but left for Tarshish. He had a plan. He ran...away from God! First he went DOWN to Joppa. He found a boat sailing that direction, boarded it and then went DOWN below deck to rest. A great storm came upon the ship and it wasn't long till Jonah realized that it was his disobeying God that was bringing the chaos. He told the shipmates to throw him overboard and Jonah was thrown off and went DOWN into the water. Jonah was on a DOWNward spiral. Every decision he was making was taking him DOWN!
God sent a BIG FISH not to swallow Jonah but to rescue him. And once Jonah found himself in the belly of the whale he had a change of heart. You might say he he had a gut reaction to make a change! And so did the whale! Jonah prayed to God in that desolate, stinking place and God heard him. He spent 3 days and nights in that place before he was spit out on land. This time he obeyed and did what the Lord asked him to do.
Maybe you keep making decisions that take you DOWN. Every day you go deeper and deeper in despair. The good news is that no matter how bad your situation gets, you and I will probably never be in the belly of a BIG FISH! What we need to know is that we can turn our life around wherever we are. It doesn't matter how bad we have been or what we have done.What matters most is what we do right now. God is waiting to hear our prayer and he's ready to get you back on dry land and into the game of life so you can use your second chance to bring Him glory. And that will lead to your success. 
What's your "gut" telling you? Is it time for a change? Are you ready to try things God's way? Salvation comes from the Lord! All you've got to do is ask!
Jonah 2:9 But I, with a song of thanksgiving,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the LORD."
10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it spit Jonah onto dry land.