For many of us we would have had to fight our way out of the slippery slope of the human life cycle. It is sometimes a difficult climb out of infancy, toddler years, childhood, puberty, older adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and the senior years. Why is it difficult for some of us? Sadly, we get shackled into the period of life where people first met us.
I once met a young woman named Hannah. She was teased by others for her infertility. She was a woman with low self-esteem who people often made derogatory remarks belittling her in social gatherings. During one of her family’s gatherings Hannah had enough of the ridicule. She did not lash out, but she knew deep within herself it was time to do something.
She left the dinner table and went straight to God with her request. She refused to be remembered as woman of no worth. Hannah with unwavering faith persisted in prayer for a child. God honored her prayers. Hannah had many children. She refused to remain known as the woman that was childless. She broke the stigma by accepting God’s promise with unwavering faith.
Then here is a fascinating story about Jesus. After Jesus was finished teaching – the crowds of people gather around Him. He left them and returned to his hometown. Everyone in his hometown was impressed with His teaching. The people who gathered to hear Him teach said among themselves – “We had no idea he was this good! How did he get so wise, get such ability?”
But in the next breath they were criticizing Him saying, “We’ve known him since he was a kid; he’s the carpenter’s son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?” Sadly, Jesus’s own home folks refused to accept Him. To them – He was just a carpenter’s son.
Listen my girlfriends, sometimes it is a difficult uphill battle to progress in life when folks closest to us keep us shackled to the stages they remember us. They maybe impressed with what they hear and see but to them you will always be the carpenter’s daughter, the girl next door, or the barren woman. It you are in Christ – your past will not have the last word over your future.
Be thankful for your struggles. Be thankful for your past. Be thankful for the lessons you have learned. Be thankful for the people you met. Without them you may have never stumbled across your strength. You are not outnumbered. You are not the underdog. You are not the feeblest among them. You are not the black sheep of the family. You are not the least educated.
It is written in God’s Word that you are above and not beneath. You are the first and not the last. He knows the plan He has for you. He will prosper you and give you hope and a bright future. Walk with God and obey Him. Do not tell me that God cannot work with the least to bring the strong and the mighty down.
If God is giving the orders – you are on the winning side. In the end the outcome is always made in Heaven. You can totally do this before your expiry date.
I pray you will find your purpose and no longer feel like you must wait for the approval of others. You are not broken. You are becoming. The End.