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Matthew 13:57 “Only One Opinion Counts”

"And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.”

Even Jesus was not considered worthy around His own homeys. Do you ever feel like you don’t get the respect you deserve when you’re around your friends and family? Welcome to the real world! You can be a great leader, teacher or motivator, but when you get home, you’re just that same old brother, sister, son or daughter. Your family and close friends know you at your least and they have a tough time seeing you as special, even if others see you that way. That’s just a part of life, there’s no reason to be concerned about it. If God could get “no respect” from His hometown, understand you have no reason to expect it either!

So what’s the take away? Do your very best to make your family and your family name proud of you. Never do things to defame your family or family name. But don’t expect any pats on the back from your family and peers for the good things you do. That’s the parent’s job; they’ll praise your efforts. Your friends and siblings see you as the person they grew up with, not some strong leader that you’re becoming. As long as you understand this reality, you can feel fulfilled that you did great when you did your very best. And when you do your best for the world, they’ll recognize you and your efforts.

At the end of the day, if you are searching and working to glorify God in your efforts, God will guide your path and bless your efforts. That’s all you need to make miracles happen!

A personal message...

“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”

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