"Don't imagine us leaders to be something we aren't. We are servants of Christ, not his masters. We are guides into God's most sublime secrets, not security guards posted to protect them. The requirements for a good guide are reliability and accurate knowledge. It matters very little to me what you think of me, even less where I rank in popular opinion. I don't even rank myself. Comparisons in these matters are pointless. I'm not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn't mean much. The Master makes that judgment."  ~1 Corinthians 4:1 1-4 Message
As the scriptures tell us today we are all leaders and servants of Christ. We are all uniquely designed to reveal the mysteries of God to the lost through our love and living our lives in Him. Nothing disqualifies us and there is no rank or rating system. The only requirement is that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and that we follow Him by obeying His words in love. I know this sounds simple but in today's world it is NOT easy to resist the need to constantly compare our lives to others!
It's been a challenge since the creation of time. Eve ate the fruit, sinning, and separated us from God from the very beginning! But-- it was the enemy that twisted the truth and made her compare herself to God. Didn't she want to be smarter than Him? It is a challenge we all face, not to compare ourselves to others. When we compare ourselves then there will always be a winner and a loser. Thus unity can't be realized because of competition. Instead of celebrating one another we compete and this is so sad. Remember God designed us to need each part of the whole and each one of us is a part of His Kingdom.
Even Saul loved David greatly, but because of comparisons he ended up wanting to kill him! We must strive to help others get further along and to live life in the fullness God designed them to have! If we compare ourselves we will end up in busyness, discontentment, jealousy, ungratefulness, and bitterness. However if we will learn to celebrate others-- their new cars, their new jobs, their 50 pound weight loss, their victory over addictions, or whatever God has blessed them with then YOU reap so much more! When we celebrate with them then you are showing God how much you trust Him and that He is a good God to all of us! God will certainly bless you because of your obedience and trust!
My challenge this week is: in the age of social media-- everyone posting their best days, greatest achievements, new things, and all kinds of things that make us feel that we are losers-- just know that this is a lie of the enemy. WE ALL have bad days.  Life is never 100% a fairy tale. No one is ever in constant love, on forever vacations, working with a dream job, and in a perfect family. But-- we can learn to celebrate others successes, encourage one another to obtain life's best, and love one another unconditionally without measure or rank. When you celebrate others, celebrate who God made you to be, then God will celebrate YOU like never before. You will not be disappointed or frustrated anymore-- you will have the fullness only God can give!
Have a great week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests you may have. I love hearing your thoughts on what this message meant to you. Have a lively week!  My email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Livin' lively with love,
Laine Lawson Craft
Laine Lawson Craft