You Can't Be Everything

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When a life becomes consumed by comparison, it starts an unhealthy cycle of chasing an image and trying to outdo your neighbor. In our digital age, we receive instant feeds to dissatisfy us, and they intensify and accelerate the cycle. Watch this humorous, truthful look at the cycle in action.

Does this scenario feel familiar? As much fun as social media can be, it has the potential to be damaging. Lauren Chandler has felt the temptation for competition as a wife and mother, but she also knows that being rooted in the Lord stifles a lot of the unhealthy comparisons. Lauren is a worship leader and wife of Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas.

From which outlet do you find the biggest temptation for comparison? Is it Facebook, Instagram, magazine photos, talking over the fence, or something else?
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What activities or roles do you feel pressure to perform well, but don't naturally fit into? Are they worthwhile things to keep working on, or are they something to let go?
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Jeremiah 17:7-8 (ESV)

7“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

whose trust is the Lord.

8He is like a tree planted by water,

that sends out its roots by the stream,

and does not fear when heat comes,

for its leaves remain green,

and is not anxious in the year of drought,

for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How has God equipped you? What are you strongest skills and talents? How can you focus on these and use them to live well for God?
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How do you stay rooted in the Lord? How does this rootedness keep you from unhealthy comparisons?
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When you post things online or alter your behavior because of what someone else has displayed, ask yourself "why." Do you want to appear better than others? Live up to an artificial standard? Keep yourself rooted in the Lord, and let your relationship with Him drive your life online and in the real world.