Comparing ourselves to other people is a dead end

Let’s start telling the truth about our faults, failure, sins and mistakes! We can’t just keep prettying ourselves up for public consumption, while we neglect what we really matters. There has got to be more to our lives than comparing ourselves to and competing with other people.

If we are in a constant state of trying to impress other people, be accepted, and be admired, then there is no room for mistakes or vulnerability. In Galatians, Chapter 6, verses 4-5, it says:  Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. [NIV Bible]

In Matthew, Chapter 6, verses 1&5, Jesus says:   “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”  Verse 5 says:  “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  [NIV Bible]

Comparing ourselves to other people inevitably increases stress, envy and bitterness.       Our “image” is not more important than being who we truly are. Let’s be more concerned about what God sees in us, instead of looking to other people to feel affirmed and worthy.

 

Receiving God’s comfort blesses us and others, too

God is our greatest comforter, because He is always with us. He sees all that is going on in our lives. He knows what we struggle with  He understands us better than anyone else in our lives. He is truly available 24/7, ready and willing to help us through anything we bring to Him in prayer.

Last August, I had a grand mal seizure (now referred to as tonic-clonic seizure). I have never had a seizure before, and I don’t have epilepsy. The cause is still unknown, but I am fortunate that it was a single, isolated seizure.

My oldest son found me on the floor of our living room, jerking with convulsions. He says he was talking to me, but I didn’t respond to him. He called 911, and the next thing I knew, I was waking up on my loveseat being told I had a seizure. I told him there was no way I had a seizure, I thought he was mistaken. I didn’t remember any of it. The paramedics asked me who the President was, and I said, “Obama!” Then they asked me what year it was and I didn’t know. Once I laid down on a stretcher in the ambulance, I was praying, and I saw Jesus standing next to me. I wasn’t hallucinating, I was being blessed by seeing God right there with me.

Of course, I was scared. I didn’t know why I had a seizure and if I would have another. I had no idea what might be wrong with me, and I was stunned that it happened. I’ve had my fair share of medical emergencies, so I have experience handling the unique stress of hospital visits. But since I’ve been saved, I have never faced a health crisis alone. God has always been beside me, comforting me and reassuring me.

In 2 Corinthians, Chapter 1, verses 3-4, it says:  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. [NIV Bible]

Once you’ve felt that “I’m here with you no matter what” comfort from God, it inspires you to pass it along to other people. God loves us, and He blesses us for our own good and for the good of others.

Let God be with you through every test, every procedure and every diagnosis! Don’t go it alone, have faith in God and invite Him into your challenges. He loves you and He wants to help and comfort you!

What God’s grace is and why we need it

The term “grace” is a part of numerous sermons and Christian books, but I think that it’s meaning can be a bit of a mystery. God’s grace is a gift of unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor. Many describe grace as a free gift, because we aren’t being rewarded for something we’ve done, He is simply giving grace to us because He loves us.

God’s grace can take many forms. Grace can be a gift of peace in the midst of terrible turmoil. Grace can be the comfort God gives us when we are depressed and overwhelmed. God’s grace can also show itself as an ability to overcome fears that control us. God’s grace can give us the strength to endure hardships without breaking down.

God’s grace comes when we need it the most, and it makes all the difference. Just when we thought we couldn’t take it anymore…just when we thought there was no way out of a difficult situation…just when we thought “I can’t do this alone!”, God’s grace is there to comfort us, strengthen us and give us hope. God’s grace is so much more than a spiritual term. God’s grace is a current for change. It’s a hand reaching down to pull us up. It’s an oasis of peace in the midst of chaos. God’s grace is supernatural, and it is not limited by our circumstances or the situations we find ourselves in. 

God does what we can’t do when He blesses us with His grace. Grace is the power of God coming through us. Go to God. Tell Him you need His grace in your time of need. Fall backwards into the arms of God by daring to believe that He will catch you!