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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!

A Unique Glazing

In the Book of Jeremiah and Chapter 18, we learn about the potters shop and how our success is contingent on being molded and shaped by our Maker. We are the clay and there is the perfect mixture in us to become all that the potter(God) desires us to be.
After the clay has been shaped and purified by the fire, there is one more step that seals the deal. It's time for the "glazing". Some final preparations on the pot are done by using sandpaper or a pairing knife to smooth any rough patches and scrape off lumps. But the glazing is unique.  Every potter has his or her own formulation for glazes. Many of these are a closely guarded secret as the unique properties imparted by a particular glaze. When the glaze is fired on a particular clay body, combined with the characteristics of the design of the piece, it identifies the pot as belonging to a certain potter. In other words, you can tell who made the pot by the glaze...the shine that is on it.
As followers of Christ, we should shine and other people ought to be able to know who we belong to by the "glaze" of Christ that is on us. 
Jeremiah was able to see and understand so much from his trip to the potters shop. Clay sometimes gets remolded. It is the prize possession of the potter and though it has to go through fire and be sanded and scraped, once it has been glazed it is ready to fulfill the purpose for which it was made. I have a feeling that though you feel like you have been spinning in circles, the potter is ready to add some living water to your mix and make something special. Yes, there will be some intense heat but afterwards you are going to shine and bring glory to your Maker and joy to those that benefit from you fulfilling your purpose.