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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!

Curing the Disease of Discouragement

Pulling COURAGE out of disCOURAGEment…let’s counter the four causes with four remedies that can help us be strong and courageous.

Rest: combat fatigue with rest…something that calms you. The most spiritual thing you can do when you’re tired is rest. Jesus said, come to me if you are weary and I will give you rest. Rest is not always an end to activity but often an exchange of activities. Exchange the things that weary you with some things that will refresh you.

Reorganize: combat the frustration of being overwhelmed by putting things in order…first things first…one thing at a time. Discouragement doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing the wrong thing…maybe you are doing the right thing the wrong way. Try another approach…shake things up a bit. Start little, one space at a time, one pile on the desk…but keep going!

Remember: you take the punch out of fear by remembering God and how he has shown up for others in the past and you too. When you remember him, he covers you with His love…perfect love- and the bible tells us that perfect love casts out fear.

Resist: failure has to be resisted. You do this by never quitting. Fight back…hang on…do what’s right in spite of how you feel. Failure is never final and failure is never fatal. Some of this worlds greatest achievements were discovered after a multitude of failed attempts.

You have a choice as to whether you will live in defeat and be discouraged. Jesus said to "take courage" often. Activate it in your life. Let today be the day you pull courage out of discouragement!