This is a beautiful message that came from a very inspiring woman who is dear friend of our pastor's at Newport Beach Church. I hope you find them as wonderful and calming as I do."You are the only you there will ever be. God made you unique, special and one of a kind. It is so important that in Him we become the best us we could possibly be. So many spend their lives wishing they were someone else living another life in another place. The truth is, this is your one and only life and you should never squander it in the world of comparison.
Comparison is an extremely destructive thing. It leads to self depreciation, self rejection and depression. If you focus on what you are not, what you do not have, who you are not, then you devalue who God actually made you to be, and what He called you to do. We are each different and have different levels of responsibility and authority, but we are all equally valuable in the sight of God. Don't spend your life looking at others and defining yourself by what you are not, rather look to Christ and discover all that He has created you to be in Him.We are one body composing many parts, and we need each and every part to effectively function. It is our distinction, not our sameness, that sets us apart, and this is something we should celebrate in one another. Paul teaches, "For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves, but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise." (1 Cor 10:12) It is unwise to compare your gifts, talents, accomplishments, ministry or call with that of someone else. We are here to please God and fulfill His purpose for our lives, not to impress people.
What's your VISION?! So, I am all about vision. Right now, my vision is larger than my resources but it empowers me to strive for what is to come! We live in a world that says NO to us all the time. To settle for less than the best and for less than what God has planned for us. But, vision inspires us to see what is beyond. It allows us to keep reaching, stretching, opening our hearts, and never settle for the lesser. Our vision can diminish but we must lift our eyes in order to keep seeing beyond.
What we see is what we will be. What we see is what we will become. What we look at is where we will go. Is what you see inhibiting you from living your life fully? Have you aloud something to lodge itself into your vision that allows you to not see the best and beyond? I know I have at one point; for many many years.
Nothing in life comes with out stretching. Nothing in life comes without vision. Our vision empowers us to go beyond where we are now. Motivates us. Allows us to rise up to the occassion. Vision enables us to PUSH through the pain and overcome it!Vision creates momentum for us to live out our vision. Surround yourself in an environment full of vision and e inspired. Be filled with momentum, buzzing with energy, life, and excitement. Vision inspires and transfers into our life and into the heart's of others.
Vision always focuses on the do's and not the dont's of life. Our live's are defined by what we do and NOT what we don't do.
Everything we are a part of or are about to step into is because we are a part of the bigger plan that God has for us. We ARE a part of something great!What's your vision? Is something blocking it? :-)VISION IS POWER! VISION IS FUTURE! VISION IS BELIEVING!HUGS!
Why is it that some people in life get instant breakthroughs, while others struggle to make ends each day, fight to keep going, and have to literally push themselves to not give up?...Some battles are so much harder to fight than others. It used to anger me that it seemed as though the person sitting next to me didn't even have to lift a finger and they had miracles pouring from the sky. Yet, I was sitting under a dark cloud, crawling, and fighting this internal battle.
This could either be a very complicated question that you ponder so long about you literally give yourself a ghastly headache (not that I would know about this....), or it can be summed up relatively nicely.
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