This study is excellent for young believers, although it has practical insight for Christians of all ages. Covering topics such as peer pressure, how we use our time, and respect, along with other issues, Maddie touches on relatable issues facing the young Christian. Follow this link to find the whole study.
“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith.” (Romans 12:4-6, ESV)
“The thing about comparison is that it’s a never-ending cycle. There will always be someone smarter, more athletic, more popular, with a bigger house, with better clothes, with a better relationship, and the list goes on. It’s easy to get sucked into the trap, but we don’t have to stay stuck in that mindset.”
“Comparing ourselves with others leads to emotions like jealousy, anger, bitterness, etc. It doesn’t leave us feeling satisfied; we see what others can do and we start to see shortcomings in ourselves. But God doesn’t see us that way; He has created each of us so uniquely and has a purpose for each one of us (Jeremiah 29:11). Instead of focusing on what we see as our lack, let’s be thankful for what we have been given from God.”
“In the world, many look around and use what others have or don’t have as their own measuring stick. The only measuring stick we should use in our lives is the Bible; in it is truth that will guide and encourage us and will not leave us feeling defeated. Remember that you have been created by God, chosen by God, and that you are cherished by God.”