Let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches. (1 Corinthians 7:17 NRSV)
There were two brothers who were scoundrels--cheating, stealing, deceiving everyone they could. One brother died. The remaining brother called the local pastor and asked if he would conduct the funeral service. He said there would be a sizeable honorarium. The pastor said, "But the whole country knows what a scoundrel your brother was." The man reminded the pastor that there would be a large honorarium if he would conduct the service. So the pastor agreed. The brother said, "I have one favor to ask. I want you to refer to my brother as a SAINT." Now the pastor had a problem. So that afternoon he had the funeral sermon. The pastor pointed at the casket and said, "You know this man was a scoundrel, but he was a saint compared to his brother."

As Christians, who believe in Jesus Christ, we don't have to compare ourselves to anyone. God has blessed us with who we are and with great gifts that are sufficient for anything God calls us to do.

Dear God, help me to feel secure in who I am, as I fulfill your call in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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