Peace in Me.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Let’s get these thoughts of comparison out of our heads and onto paper! It can be hard to admit out loud where we struggle. We may not even realize we are struggling in that area until we open ourself up to this type of confession! We are challenged by the Bible to “think on lovely things” but all these competitive thoughts swirling in our minds steal our peace. If we can train our minds, we can salvage our sanity!
Knowing the cause of our comparison or competition can help stop the inner battle before it starts. Someone who is trying to cut back on unhealthy eating habits probably shouldn’t go sit in their favorite fast food location to work, right? That’s just asking for failure! What is it that disrupts your peace? This could be following specific people you follow on Facebook, going on playdates with a particular mom, or watching a certain reality t.v. show. Let’s get a handle on our choices so we can face next week prepared to bring peace to others!
1.) Write out the all areas you find yourself comparing negatively (jealousy/envy) and positively (pride/conceit). Now look at those areas (body image, material possessions, behaviors, talents, etc) and find scripture that speaks helps reshape your thought patterns.
2.) Read through 1 Corinthians 12:112-27. As you read about the church body, think of how you uniquely fit into that. What special gifts and talents do you bring to serve others?
3.) Write down the things you do, follow, watch, read, or places you go that cause you to compare and compete. Pray about which of these things you need to give up. Start with giving it up for the weekend.