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A Devotional:

Kill, Steal, Destroy

A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

– John 10:10

When I scroll through social media, I can’t help but compare my life to the ones I see posted. It’s just how it is. Now, I don’t compare myself to everyone and everything I see, but it still happens. I can’t help but think “Wow, I wish I looked more like that.” or “I bet they make a lot of money, look at their house” and the thoughts go on and on. I usually don’t dwell on the thoughts, but I know that they happen probably every time I get on social media, and that’s sad.

I hate that we get so caught up in what others have, that we can’t see the blessings in our own lives. I can admit that I personally get frustrated with myself for wanting what others have when it comes to a nice house and having babies. I want all of that, but it’s not the right time. My husband and I haven’t even been married for a year and a half yet. We still have so much to learn about each other and enjoy our time now that I don’t want to waste this blessing we have during this season of life together. Comparison kills, steals, and destroys our joy. Just like the scripture says in John 10:10, we read that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And like I said earlier, it’s so easy for that to happen, simply by scrolling on social media.

Imagine if we reflected daily on our blessings that God has given us. Maybe you need to do that a few times during the day to keep you grounded? I know that I am blessed and that I have everything I will ever need. I know that I will be taken care of. I know that money does not fix problems. I know that having children or a nicer house will not fix any problems. I can go through my day wishing and dreaming of more and waste away what I do have now or I can turn my perspective and thank God for each and every blessing He has given to me. In reality, nobody lives a perfect life. We like to show the highlights but we don’t share the lows we go through. I hope that as Christians, we can adapt to a more humble and transparent way of life so that others know we struggle, but we know where to turn for hope.

My prayer is that we are confident in the Lord that we don’t have time to waste on comparing ourselves to others. I pray that we become so focused on the mission that God has given each of us that we don’t focus on when the devil tries to kill, steal, and destroy. Don’t allow it! I pray for protection over your thoughts and for strength and endurance to do the hard work that we are called to do.

Pray: Lord, You are the ultimate provider, I want to commit my life to You. Guide me today, show me where You need me. Help me to let go of my sins that are holding me back from fully surrendering to You. I want to glorify You every step of my day. Thank You, Lord, for my life and for providing for me daily. 

Dakota Kaser
GO Coordinator
First Baptist Broken Arrow

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