The Anthem of SAUL & DAVID – Part #1
It’s hard to live with Passion when you don’t know your Purpose for life.

ANTHEM – A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.

TODAY’S MAIN IDEA: Comparison always leads to negativity and amplifies our lack, when God wants us to focus on our uniquely and individually divine-inspired destiny.

START THE CONVERSATION – QUESTIONS:
Share with the group, one unique gift or talent that you have, perhaps even one that no one knows about. (A la Claire (Molly Ringwall) with her lip stick from the 1985 classic movie ‘The Breakfast Club’ – and if you don’t remember, you can always catch the movie again!!) GO!!

Have you ever lived in someone’s shadow (accomplishments or actions of a sibling, friend, collogue, or spouse) or conversely, has anyone ever lived in your shadow? Please describe what it was like and why you felt the scenario merited such a description.

BIBLE READING:
Biblical Background: It all goes back to how it began – the Israelites complained that they didn’t have a king like other nations. So they pleaded with God to provide a King. The people VOTED Saul to be King – but Saul made some mistakes, he did not obey God, and ultimately God reject him. On the other hand, David was CHOSEN by God via a prophet, that even his father overlooked.

READ 1 Samuel 18:5-16 (ESV)
5 And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

6 As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments.[a] 7 And the women sang to one another as they celebrated,
“Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands.”

8 And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?” 9 And Saul eyed David from that day on.

10 The next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand. 11 And Saul hurled the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice.

12 Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. 13 So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him. 15 And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them.

DECALRITIVES
It is IMPOSSIBLE to determine the CENTER of your PURPOSE when you view life the eyes of COMPARISON.
Comparison always amplifies your lack. Describe some ways and in what areas, how comparison to others, have impacted your ability to fully take hold of your God-given purpose?

You will never EMBRACE what makes you UNIQUE if your focus is on comparison.
God Choose You for something that no one else was chosen for – what do you think that unique thing is?

COMPARISON always goes hand in hand with NEGATIVITY.
What are some ways that you can avoid comparison to other, and consequently the negativity associated with it?

QUESTIONS:
How many of your GOALS in life are DEVELOPED through the eyes of comparison?
Our your life goals based on comparing yourself to others, or are they rooted in the truths and promises of God? What are some of the milestones that God want you to hit? If you can, explain specific things that God has called you to accomplish.

How would you RATE your PROGRESSION in life if you never compared YOURSELF to anyone else?
In other words, stop comparing yourself to others, because we feel bad when we rate ourselves based upon comparisons, rather than our principles and progression in Jesus.

What’s your biggest fear? (You can tackle any area of your life: financial, career, school, relationship, family, church, God, or just life in general)

How much of your EMOTIONAL STATE is based on what others are DOING in their lives?
Let’s be honest, without naming names, do you get upset when you see other people happy, especially those the ones that have wronged you? And in the same vein, do you get happy when something bad happens to those same people? (Upon the completion of this question, let group members take a moment to pray for these people.)

ACTION ITEMS:
Name some practical ways that you can stop falling for the trap of comparison. How can you implement these suggestions over the next week?

What is one of God’s truths, promises, or scripture that you need to remember this week to empower you to remember about your destiny and purpose?

DON’T FORGET THIS FRIDAY NIGHT’S OUTDOOR OLYMPICS AT THE CHURCH STARTING AT 7PM – SEE YOU THERE!!