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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!

God Loves it when...

2 Corinthians 9 encourages us to remember: "A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving".
I am trying to be generous on every occasion. In order to do that I have to make certain that my priorities are right. There have been so many times in my life when I gave my time, talent and treasure to the Lord only after I had used them for something else. Often I would find myself coming up short of time, low on skill and limited of any financial blessing.
There is a biblical principle that encourages us to give to the Lord first and recognize that whatever we plant in what God is doing is going to produce a harvest. The Bible calls it first fruits. If I am short on time then I need to invest some volunteer hours to help out a ministry or business. If I am lacking financially then it only stands to reason that I would need to plant some finances. How much? 
Thats a matter of prayer between you and God. Give generously. Do the best you can with what you have and as the Lord adds to you, give more! How often do we give and see blessing only to fall on a hard season and stop? We must keep going through thick and thin, feast and famine for it is God who will bring us exactly what we need. Be consistent.
Take some time to think it over today. Are you a generous giver? Do you give your offerings reluctantly or with joy? God loves a cheerful giver! Make up your mind today to be a blessing to someone else. Be a delightful giver and bless your church, your friends., your boss... you may even want to bless Cup of Joe! Whatever you plant will come back to you! God loves it when we give!