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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!

Turtle on a Fence Post


Alex Haley, the author of ROOTS, has a picture in his office, showing a turtle sitting atop a fence. The picture is there to remind him of a lesson he learned long ago: “If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know he had some help.”

We are who we are and where we are because of the people that have been placed in our lives. Often we may think for a time that we rise to the top of the fence post by our works, our time invested and using all of the resources at our disposal but the fact is that we are where we are because of the help we have received. I am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to take my thoughts and put them into words each day that can encourage people to dream BIG and go higher. In 2007 when I started this daily blog I had no idea that anyone would read it. It’s even become one of the best-selling books that I have had the privilege to write! Cup of Joe exists because the Lord put it inside my heart and it continues because YOU share it every day with me and those that are in your circle of influence. Many of you have told me that you can't really start your day without it! J Thank you for that!



Take a look at the fence post you are on today. Who helped you get there? Why not send them a note and thank them for it! It will make their day and yours too! Thank you for helping me get to the top of this fence post and do what God has designed me to do. I hope that together we continue to enjoy a rich blend of inspiration for our daily grind!