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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!

Cultivate & Eliminate

I heard someone once define drought like this… A drought in your life is whenever you must do without something you need, such as time, energy, money, or support.

There are people all around us that are going through a season of drought…financially, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. They are "doing without" something they need all the time. We have been designed to be fruitful and the multiply. In fact scripture tells us that you will know a believer by their “fruit”. To become fruit-full you have to be full of fruit! Let me offer you two tips in defeating the drought and keeping your life saturated with blessings and fruit.

First thing is that there can be no fruit without roots and the simple fact in ministry and life is that you will need healthy roots when the seasons of drought come. You need to cultivate roots. We will all face seasons of drought at some time or another. The deeper the roots, the longer you will be able to survive when your resources are limited. Your roots include your time, energy, talent and money. You will get out of a project, business, church or relationship what you put into it. It's not the hours you put in but what you put in the hours. Spend some time today thinking about how you can cultivate better relationships and become servant minded.

The second thing we must do is eliminate the weeds. Nobody likes weeds. Nobody knows how they get into the things you are trying to keep beautiful but they do. Spiritually speaking a weed is an eyesore or hindrance to what you are called to do. They are distractions that often grow up within the plant, connecting themselves to the growing thing and growing right there with it. Bigger plant, bigger weed. We have got to get the weeds out. Matt 13 gives us an entire parable about weeds. Take a moment today and read it.

Bottom line is this: weeds are a sign of neglect. When you stop doing maintenance in the flowerbed, weeds come. If you continue to neglect, weeds takeover. The same things happens in our flowerbeds of businesses and relationships. And yes, even in our church. The church needs more weedeaters and less mowers…we have got enough people mowing each other over…we need to get rid of the weeds!

Let's tend to those closest to us today. Take a good look at your office work, your family, your spiritually life. Inspect those areas and see what is growing. If you see some weeds, get them out now before they wrap around everything and take over your life. Cultivate roots in the soil of that healthy space.