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We can live as ones who are divinely loved instead of straining for likes. We can live as ones who may be different by the world’s standards but who fit right in with God. We can live as ones who have never been disdained a single day in our lives.
When you and I spend endless hours mindlessly comparing ourselves to other people and entertaining jealousy over the lives we believe they live, underneath those habits is a desperate attempt to rack up glory for ourselves. Learn to shift your gaze upward and respond with gratitude.
God has good plans for your life. Sometimes we blame God for things not panning out the way they were “supposed” to, and sometimes we know it’s our own fault. No matter what happened to you in your past, God has a good future in store for you.
What the world says is this: “Follow your heart.” “Live your best life.” “You do you, boo.” “Be true to yourself.” “Live your truth.” “Follow your feelings.”
What Jesus says: “Die to yourself and follow me.” Which path do you think is more fulfilling?