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Ever been to one of those fancy Krispy Kreme donut factories? You can follow the whole doughnut-making process along a little conveyer belt, from liquid batter to crude dough lump, right through to the final glazed product. You wouldn’t want to pick up a doughnut at the half-way point...

Yesterday we encouraged you to read up on the lives of the heroes of our faith, but if you do, a word of warning first! Make sure you’re not left with a ‘hero-hangover’: high on the exploits of a Jackie Pullinger or a Saint Patrick one moment, but over-shadowed by their...

When you’re keeping jealousy in your life in check, you’re better placed to compare yourself to others in a healthy way. But what do ‘healthy comparisons’ look like? Ever seen a runner run with a pacesetter? Although they’re running too, a pacesetter’s job isn...

In yesterday’s reading we found the way out of a life of jealousy. Great. But what stops us from sliding back? A lifestyle built on today’s verse: ’Godliness with contentment is great gain’. So, let’s take it apart to see how it works.
 
First, what...

So, down to the core of the matter. What exactly makes comparing yourself to others unhealthy? It’s about identity. It’s about the things that you say define you.
 
The book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ describes an unusual technique for...

 
It’s not just individuals that jealously compare themselves to others, envious of what the ‘other guy’ has, but groups and – shock horror – churches, too.  Ever joined a group with a cause? It could be anything from Greenpeace to Team Jacob. If you...

 
Life is too short for unhealthy comparisons. If a goalkeeper starts getting jealous because he hasn’t scored a single goal, the team’s probably heading for trouble. And when King Saul started treating a good friend and faithful servant, David, as his competition, he...

 
Jealousy lives off the little scraps you feed it – the more fodder you push its way, the hungrier it becomes. Until one day it swallows you up from the inside out. A textbook case for this is the story of King Saul.
 
David returns home having successfully...

 
Jim Collins, author of the American business book ‘Good to Great’, noticed that good companies could become great companies if they stripped away stuff that was slowing them down. It’s good advice for everyday lives as well. He writes: ‘Most...

Broken boats bob up and down in the harbour. Simon Peter squints in the morning sun. His head is sore. He makes out the shape of a man standing by the shore. This is all he needs – a cussing, sweating fisherman taunting him about his lack of catch. He can hear the jibes in his head already...