Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Words of Encouragement

Galatians 6:3-5 ~ "If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load."

Comparisons. We all do it to some extent don't we?

We'll hear about the delicious meals that someone else cooks and start feeling unsure of our own culinary abilities. Or we'll read about what another person's husband did for Valentine's Day and start looking at the measly card our husband gave us. We'll read blogs that paint a glowing picture of someone's life and start feeling dissatisfied with our own.

We compare our spiritual lives or ministry activities. We compare our children, husbands, looks, households, and spiritual gifts. And it goes on and on. I've been guilty of reading about how other people's homes are run and start feeling annoyed that my family doesn't behave a certain way.

Dan's solution to this when I start expressing dissatisfaction is, "Get off facebook or those blogs!" :-) 

These verses tell us to keep things in balance. Don't think too much about yourself but on the other hand, don't compare yourself. God has given each of you the circumstances you have in your life. He has put you in the family you are in. Your husband and children are totally unique and what may work for another may not work for your family.

So let's stop comparing.  Set Jesus Christ as the standard, not another person.  Keep your eyes on Him and not on people.  Ask the Lord what He wants you to do and how He wants you to organize your day and then do that task. Don't do the things that myself or another is doing if God hasn't called you to that. 

Do what God has called YOU to do and then do it well!  Have a blessed day!