By Tommi Vincent

No one wants to be like Lot’s wife who looked back and turned into the pillar of salt! The challenge we face is our instinct to retreat from obstacles that lie ahead. Challenges build character and fortitude. They are also preparation for the many lessons we will encounter throughout our life. No one will be exempt from hard times, but the difference will be our ability to endure and finish our God given races.

We often find ourselves looking to someone else’s path and comparing it to our own. Johnathan McReynolds has a song titled “Comparison Kills”, and when you consider the ramifications of comparing, the end result is always death. It is difficult to be your authentic self if your thoughts about who you are is contrived from someone other than yourself. We already face the obstacle of unlearning negative thoughts others vomited over us through our childhood. Why would we compact it further down by piling on false personas? If we are fortunate we will not have too much fallowed ground to break up, but in the event we do, no worries Jesus has us. Do not shy away from the work, and trust and believe you are equipped to be more than a conqueror.

When we hit the points in life where we must choose what road to take, remember there is a road with your name on it. We have all been created with a very distinct and tailored design specific to us as individuals. God was very deliberate in creation, and we are not mistakes. Our greatest gift to mankind is to be authentically who God created us to be. It is also the greatest gift we can give to ourselves. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works: my soul knows it all too well.—Psalm 139:14