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Your Grass is Greener

by Sharman J. Monroe

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

Galatians 6:4 (NLT)

No two people are exactly alike; not even twins. God gave each of us different gifts, talents and skills to use for His glory during our time here on earth. Some of us are gifted to be pastors or teachers, others singers, songwriters, painters, or writers. Still others are gifted to be administrators, leaders, speakers, organizers, givers, problem-solvers, or math and computer whizzes just to name a few. And in those gifts we excel. We are melodious, creative, quick; we are at ease. That is how it should be. A gift you have doesn’t devalue or diminish another person. God values us all equally and wants us to do the same.

However, we live in a world where comparison and competition are the norm and expected. It happens among siblings and in marriages. Comparisons and competition cause envy, jealousy, anger, hatred. They cause us to waste our time Continue reading

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Day 27 Proverbs Challenge: Know Your Place

by Sharman J. Monroe

“Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.”

Proverbs 27:8 (NKJV)

God purposely did not make any two people exactly the same. God made you in His image and likeness and gave you the skills and talents He wanted you to use to glorify Him. God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you the way you are. He didn’t make any mistakes. You are a unique individual.

We live in a society where comparing one person to another is expected. However, God doesn’t want you to compare yourself with anyone else. When comparisons are made, one person always comes up lacking and, if you’re comparing yourself to someone else, you will usually find something lacking in yourself. Continue reading

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Day 23 Proverbs Challenge: Do What Jesus Did

by Sharman J. Monroe

“My son, give me your heart,
And let your eyes observe my ways.”

Proverbs 23:26 (NKJV)

We face thousands of questions everyday. Should I wear this or that? Should I take quit this job for another? Should I leave this marriage or stay and work on it? Should I get a new car? Should I straighten out the person spreading lies about me? Should I help my brother . . . again? Should I buy that house? How can I get back the friend who betrayed me? Should I just turn my back on my drug-addicted or alcohol-addicted child? Should I just give up all hope that things will change for the better?

The Bible has the answers to all these questions. Of course, the answers don’t just pop out at you — Psalm 199:1 “Ye shall wear the comfortable shoes today.” Continue reading

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Day 21 Proverbs Challenge: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

by Sharman J. Monroe

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty.”

Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV)

We’ve heard the tale of the tortoise and the hare. The hare, who always bragged about how fast he could run, challenged the tortoise to a race. He just knew he could run faster than the tortoise and win so he wasted his time sleeping. When the hare woke up, the tortoise had crossed the finish line. How was this possible? The tortoise’s goal was to cross the finish line. His plan was to just keep moving toward the finish line and he stayed focused on his plan. The hare also had a plan, but he didn’t stay focused on his plan; he became distracted and slept.

How many times are we like the hare? Continue reading

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