Dear Child
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Don't Compare

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  I'm not going to post about love today, unless it is Christ's love for us, but I will lead you to Tracy's blog where she discusses 1 Cor 13 in a heartfelt way. 

As for your "crumbs" today, I'm going to write about comparisons.  The bottom line is this.  Most of the time we, especially women (but I think that guys do this too), never get ahead by comparing ourselves to other people.   Why is this?  Because when we compare ourselves to others, we are usually comparing ourselves to someone else's giftedness.  Most of the time we are not comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges.  Wouldn't you agree? 

The bible says in 2 Cor 10:12 that  "...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." (NKJV)  I heard Chuck Swindoll say one time to never compare ourselves to those who are outstanding.  It only leads to a loss of self worth.  For example, I have an okay singing voice, but if I compare myself to Mariah Carey, I will fail miserably. 

We are all made with different spiritual gifts and abilities and were all made to use our talents in the church body.  We need all kinds.  Everyone is needed and is good for something.  Don't ever let Satan get in your mind that you are anything different.  When you find yourself wishing you were like someone else, cast it out of your mind  and remind yourself about the truth that you were fearfully and wonderfully made.