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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!

Just Sing!

Isaiah 54 contains an awesome word of encouragement for people that are ready for change. If you have ever experienced a season of spiritual dryness or non-productivity, you will love it.
How do you shake the drought? You SING! Right there in the pit of discouragement and with your lacking non-productive life…SING! And what is the initial reaction to that type of counsel? People say, "what have I got to sing about?"
Seems we need a reason – need to see some progress – an increase in our check at work – straight A’s on our children’s progress report – then we’ll sing! Give me a winning lottery ticket and just watch me burst into song! 
But Isaiah also provides us with a reason. To put it plain and simple he says you may never have experienced “labor pains” but you’re ending up with far more children than all of those childbearing women! In other words, YOUR blessing is on the way! That's good news! It’s coming! It’s just around the corner! Just a little further! So SING!
Think about this: if we cannot sing during the flat and dry seasons, we won’t be sincere in our singing when the harvest comes. Consider this: what if your harvest was tied to your song? Remember that phrase “sing for your supper?” What if you had to sing for your supper? Would you be eating?
Training ourselves to sing when life is hard is the first step to growing up and becoming a more mature follower of Christ. Singing moves the dirt around and prepares the place for what God is ready to build in your life. As one of my favorite 70's groups, the Carpenters used to say…
“Sing, sing a song…don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing, sing a song!” Try it today!