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.
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.