Family, Forgiveness, Friendships, Growth/Maturity, Relationships, Self-Esteem

No Love in the City

This EmpowerMoments site is just over two months old and the response that we have received has been mind blowing! Everyday someone calls, emails or texts to let us know just how much of an impact the daily devotionals are having on their lives. However, those various modes of communication from our personal contacts only represent a tiny portion of our daily readers.  The majority of you reading the EmpowerMoments don’t know any of us. You just have a genuine interest in learning how you can take a moment each day to empower yourself.  And while I appreciate each and every one of you, I must admit I was very disheartened by the fact that the majority of those closest to me didn’t seem excited about what we were doing here. I find it extremely important to make sure I support my loved ones in all the great things that they aspire to do. Trying to accomplish this sometimes leaves me over committed and exhausted but it’s a priority for me. So imagine how I felt knowing that those same people who I jump hurdles to support didn’t support what I deemed important.  Honestly, it left me feeling slightly bitter until I read this Bible story:

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples.  When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing?  Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.”  He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. (Mark 6:1-6 NIV)

There are a few lessons to take away from this story regarding how we should respond when those closest to us don’t celebrate our accomplishments:

  • Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Some people who knew the person that you were will always relegate to you what or where you came from. How is she professing the goodness of God?  Isn’t that the same girl that came from the projects? Isn’t that Gloria’s daughter and Keshia’s sister? Isn’t that the chick that used to be a little loose? Those who know you the best will start to question why and how you were chosen to receive the blessings that you have. Don’t be surprised! They asked similar questions of Jesus, trying to discredit how great He’d become.
  • A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.  Jesus recognized his group of haters. Are you recognizing yours? Just because you’ve been friends with her since 12th grade doesn’t mean that she isn’t secretly wishing your demise. Understand that many times your closest family and friends will not give honor where honor is due. There is often no love in the city!
  • He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. Because of their ridicule and lack of faith in Him, He couldn’t perform many miracles in their midst and He left. Stop casting your pearls to swine! If your friends and family have no faith in you or your visions, stop sharing your miracles (gifts and talents) with them. Take a cue from Jesus and move on to those who respect and celebrate what God has placed inside of you.

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for any bitterness I have harbored in my heart for those who don’t support things that are important to me. Please give me a keen sense of discernment to know who is for me and who is against me. Please forgive those closest to me who secretly wish my demise. Reveal to them their hidden treasures so that they don’t have to covet others’. Thank You for giving me the tenacity and perseverance to pursue my assignment even when my loved ones don’t support me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today, I EMPOWER you to stay on course even when those closest to you don’t celebrate your gift. EMPOWER your gift by surrounding yourself with people who are not concerned about your past but who are excited about your present and optimistic about your future! ON TO THE NEXT ONE!

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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant.  She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments.  As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.

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12 thoughts on “No Love in the City”

  1. That spoke volumes. I was joking with a close friend the other day about one of my blogs and about how excited I was for it to be released, but then we both laughed saying “No one will probably even comment on it.” The truth is this, we have to stay focused (as you warned us) in realizing the purpose. The purpose is not for our fame or satisfaction, but for God’s glory. His glory is usually shown when we are or seem weak. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up (through empowermoments) I will draw ALL MEN unto me.” Krissy, this blog will touch many hearts. We long so much for our kin to see what God has placed in us and we often find disappointment. But I tell you this, this is one of the best things that have ever happened to me. God is so pleased by your obedience. Continue to seek ye first “His” kingdom, and he will continue to add great things!! YOU ROCK!!

    I’m grateful to be a writer and subscriber.

  2. Krissy when I say this blog was for ME… it was for ME. Lately, I have secretly felt disheartened about the lack of support from my own friends and family on Empowermoments until I remembered that you often tell us there are people watching and reading that don’t comment. It makes me question my ability to articulate my thoughts, compare myself to the rest of the writers and more importantly wonder if I am meeting the needs of the people. Are people really relating to what I am saying? I have had to step back and take ME out of it. If God gives me a word to give to others, I know that his word will NOT return void whether I get 0 comments or 100 comments.

    My BIGGEST cheerleaders have always been those outside of my immediate circle. Remember Feet of Faith…. Anyway, I learned to release the bitterness about others lack of action because I believe that you have to continue to do what you do even when others don’t do what you expect them to. Your blessings don’t come from man but from God. Continue to let him use you as a vessel. If we touch 1 person, we have done enough because apparently that’s who needed it. Continue to pay it forward and stay encouraged. The empowermoments bless me so.

      1. I remember Feet of Faith. I find myself upset occasionally just at the thought of NO support from my immediate family. As I carry on I’m shying away from being bitter towards anyone that does not have anything positive to say in regards to me or in general. In my opinion our past is our past and a lesson was definitely learned. It’s never forgotten but I hope that myself and others move forward and not let the past hinder us.

  3. I don’t personally know all of the writers but each of your posts have blessed me on several occasions. I often fwd the Empowerment Moment to co-workers and other friends in addition to encouraging them to sign up so they can receive them directly from the site. Forgive me for not commenting often but I’m definitely encouraged by what you do!! Please don’t get discouraged or weary in well doing. We are often praised more by outsiders than those closer to us- its sad but true. I know how it feels to feel as if your looked over or under appreciated and it does hurt. But I also know that you guys have such a great impact on not just those that you know about, but more that you don’t know about because I know I’m not the only one that pass the word along. Please continue to keep up the excellent work! Love u ladies 🙂

  4. Kristen often time’s we look to our family and friends for approval on life’s situations. God is always looking for true worshiper’s in everything we do for him. Most time’s the people we are looking to validate us can’t, cause they are struggling in some area of there life and don’t wont us to know. Maybe their walk with the Lord is not as strong as they would like for it to be. Deep down they are very proud of you, they just cant express it to you. I love this blog site and I am so honored to have the opportunity to read what the Lord has planted in you all, cause believe it or not all of your post are so very helpful and life changing in some way shape, form and fashion. Keep up the good work and always allow the Lord to use you for the uplifting of HIS kingdom. God bless you.

  5. I totally relate to this post. I’ve been running a blog since 2007 and I have gained and lost readers throughout the process. In the beginning, I thought no one was reading because I was getting little to no comments. At first, I was discouraged, but I knew that as long as if I was satisfying my purpose for the blog, then I was satisfied. Sadly, almost none of my close family/friends support my blog, but I have gained a knew virtual family that supports me and my blog…

    This blog helps me in so many ways.

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