I can't believe we're wrapping up Week 5! How are you doing with your comparison struggles? Are you applying some of the amazing truths and practical strategies we've learned so far? Remember it's going to take time, and we may still struggle every now and again, but let's keep going and finish strong! Here's this week's recap.
This Weeks Truth: "Her Gain Is Not Your Loss."
Out Memory Verse: "Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep." Romans 12:15 (HCSB)
Reading Recap: This week, Nicki reminds us there's no reason for us to feel threatened by the success of others. God has created each of us with special gifts and He calls us to use them to bring Him glory. Our callings may look very similar or totally different, and that's okay! There are plenty of God assignments to go around. We've also learned...
- We need to have gratitude for our gains.
As we see Rachel and Leah continue to compete with each other (Genesis 30-31), we notice they're never content with what God gives them. It's never enough. As we carry out our God assignments, we should practice having a heart of gratitude for all He's given us and even take it one step further. As Nicki says, "Not only should we expect to see good things result from giving God the glory for our gains, we'll see even greater things happening when we start giving Him glory for the gains of others!"
- Idols are both visible and invisible.
We become enslaved to whatever idols we allow to take root in our hearts. Which can lead us to feeling desperate and out of control. But bringing these idols to light brings us that much closer to freedom.
- God's goodness is surrounding us.
In Chapter 10, Nicki gives us another great truth to hold on to: "Even if it feels like everyone else is winning and you're losing, the goodness of God is at work in you because the goodness of God is at work in all His kids." Yes! If we're still here on this earth, God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. And, spoiler alert, it's going to be a good one!
Reflect and Respond:
What has really stood out to you from our study thus far?