Thanks, Christen, for so graciously hosting me at your beautiful site. I'm loving your Living Out Loud series... now let's live out loud with JOY!

Comparison is the thief of joy only when we're making the wrong comparisons.


You can always find someone smarter, luckier, happier, prettier, more successful than you.  You can always find people with less problems, with lives sailing smoothly.  We find these people and lose our joy.


But there is a kind of comparison that is the start of joy... especially when all you know is crumbling around you.


When monstrous troubles bare their menacing fangs at us, we become engrossed by fear and the stench of that evil hot breath on our faces.  Problems bewitch us and the bad evidences become our only reality.




Until we gaze at the size of our great God.


Compare a predicament to God, and it suddenly seems very small.






who is full of power and might inconceivable, yet...




was willing, because of love, to be born as a feeble infant whose murder thirty years later would provide hope to us, the hurting.


Is some obstacle swallowing you today? Some heart ache?
Is the weight more than you can bear?


Open your Bible.
Open your prayer journal.
Turn on worship music, sit on your knees, and open your heart.


Take your eyes off the problem, and look instead to the Solution.
Gaze at the One so great that your problems pale in comparison.


It's the only way comparison will ever bring you joy. 
Day 2 – Why?