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1 Corinthians 7: Comparison

Comparison. It’s a thing. If unchecked, it will own you. Have you ever been totally content with your life, only to see something new or cool someone else has, and then poof; there goes the contentment? Suddenly all you have pales in comparison and you are not happy at all! It could be clothing, a car, status, the inside of a home. It could be a talent, friends, a perceived life you know absolutely nothing about. It doesn’t matter. You have cast your eyes elsewhere and suddenly YOU are not enough. What you have been blessed with is not enough. It’s a dangerous thing, comparison, if not controlled and kept in check. On the other hand, it can drive us to be better versions of ourselves. Comparison can help you to push past what you thought was your ceiling and reach for more. It can motivate you to make a needed change in your habits and achieve certain goals or tackle projects that have sat for way too long. 1 Corinthians 7 says “let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him.” (Vs 17). When looking around at everyone in your sphere, are you comparing dangerously, or for your benefit? Here’s a better question: are you looking to do better by God in leading the life He has called you to lead? OR Is your comparing leading you away from the life God has called you to lead? Are you working to exhibit the fruits of your calling? Are the characteristics of the Spirit being highlighted and honed? Or are you moving toward self gratification and love of this worlds values?

I pray you seek the life God has called YOU to lead. You have been given gifts and strengths that are all yours. Take those gifts! Show the world what God has created in you! Live a life pleasing to Him. Let everyone else worry about what the world is doing.

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