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Early in life, God not only let me know who HE IS, but also, WHO and WHOSE I AM. What others may deem in you to be stuck up, smug, sidity, uppity, the big head, pompous, tripping.....may be something altogether different.
My struggle for survival began before I exited the womb. satan already had his clutches and his demons on patrol. I was premature, chronic anemic and told by those that ushered me in, the doctors, that I was on my way out---'gonna die'.
GOD HAD ANOTHER PLAN. As my mother and I focused on HIM, pushing past death's door, there was little or no time to be concerned about what others did, said or thought. See, Kingdom Seed, by this author. That has stuck with me to this day. PSALMS 121 I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMETH MY HELP, MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH.
Practically every picture I have ever taken in retrospect is looking upward. LORD, PLANT MY FEET ON HIGHER GROUND.
IT IS A HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE:
"Godliness with contentment is great gain." I Timothy 6:6. Whatever God gave me as gifts, as talents, assigned me to do or permitted me to accomplish is all I will do. I cannot concentrate on what He has done for or given Sally or Jack. It is none of my business. As He told Peter, 'what is that to thee, follow thou ME." John 21.
As a result of not looking at how green the grass may be on the other side, school became an electric slide, law became a greased skid, ministry a cake walk---not because any of it is easy by any stretch of the imagination, BUT BECAUSE I DO NOT SPEND MY TIME LOOKING AT WHAT OTHERS MAY HAVE AND I MAY NOT. WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME IS WHAT HE WANTS ME TO HAVE AND WHAT HE HAS ASSIGNED ME THAT I WILL DO....NOTHING MORE AND NOTHING LESS.
COMPETE WITH YOU, YOUR PRIOR ACHEIVEMENTS, ATTAIN YOUR GOD GIVEN GOALS, FULFILL HIS PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE! THEREIN LIES THE PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING AND JOY UNSPEAKABLE FULL OF GLORY.
STOP BOXING WITH FOLKS WHOSE BACKGROUND, CIRCUMSTANCES, GIFTING, TALENTS, STRUGGLES YOU DON'T KNOW. ASKING TO BE LIKE THEM MAY BE WRITING A CHECK YOU DON'T WANT CASHED!!!