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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!

Shine!


Philippians 2:14-16 Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life...
I must confess that there are moments that I seem to give in to complaining. I don't like to argue much but I have to work at not complaining. I believe that one of the reasons we need to eliminate this is that complaining drains us of our strength. I get tired very quickly the more I complain. It also leads us to be critical of others which makes us targets for criticism. So how do you complain less? You learn how to shine more! You are the light of the world and you were designed to shine through all of the darkness that exists in this world today. You and I shine by holding tightly to the Word. We need to remember all of the good things God says about us.
One simple way to be less of a complainer is to be more of an encourager. Give more compliments and spread some joy. Let your light shine. There will be less arguments and you will find less people criticizing the things you say and do. So, my friends, shine on!