Friday, October 26, 2018

November Scripture Writing Plan: Comparison & Envy

Happy almost November friends!

The scripture writing plan this month is over a topic I think most of us struggle with:

I don't know about you but I am a girl who tends to compare.
I unconsciously tend to compare just about everything-
families, houses, churches, jobs, relationships, husbands, hair, weight, children, friendships, 
finances, blessings and even sometimes burdens (how ridiculous is that?)

I think so many of us look at what we have and compare to what we think others have 
(or what they appear to have) and find ourselves lacking. 
And comparison sweet friends is a tool of Satan and it is super dangerous!
Why? It's dangerous because it causes us to focus on ourselves, 
instead of on God and it usually leads to envy and jealousy and resentment (super UGH). 

Because we are so clearly aware of where WE fall short it's easy to listen to 
Satan when he points out those around us who do NOT have those 
shortcomings or who have more than we do. 
And oh how he loves to point out those things to us to get us to focus on them!

"Psst.....look at her- she is thin and beautiful and so put together. So not like you. You are a big, fat, old mess." 
"Psst.....look at her and her husband- they are so loving and treat each other so well. So not like you and your husband who are so often snarky and often ignore each other." 
"Psst.....look at her house. It's huge and gorgeous and perfectly decorated and there isn't a mess or dog hair in sight. So not like your messy, disorganized house!"
"Psst......look at their friendship. They are always doing so many fun things together and you are all alone. No one cares about you. 

We have to intentionally stop comparing and remember that
God has a special plan for each and every one of us. 

He has a plan created specifically for YOU. 
His gifts for you are the best gifts for YOU to posses. 
He created YOU in His image and knit you together in your mothers womb. 
He knows your inadequacies and insecurities. 
He knows what caused them and yet
He chose you before you were born for a specific purpose,
to fulfill a plan in a predetermined point in time.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.
He created you, YOU. 

Instead of worrying about what others have and where we fall short, 
let's spend this month digging into His word
 to learn more about what God says about comparison and envy 
and then focus to STOP comparing ourselves to others!

FYI: I made the plan 31 days and plan to do that with
all topical plans in the future so that they can be done any month-
not just the month I write them for.

TO PRINT: You can find a copy of the plan in English and Spanish in the folder HERE.

{Just a reminder, don't try to print the images below or they will be blurry. Be sure to click the link to download a PDF copy!}