And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”
The people who knew Jesus when he was growing up were amazed at his words as an adult…but they quickly turned on him. When you follow your calling…you will be asked to step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes the people closest to you may be the very ones who block your path. They may respond like they did about Jesus, “Isn’t this Joseph’s kid…the one who is a carpenter? Who does he think he is?” We cannot be concerned with what others say when we are trying to follow our callings. Jesus is the perfect model to follow on the path to your true self (“I am the way and the truth and the life” John 14:6). But Jesus warned us that we would be persecuted on this journey to life. Each of us is called to be a unique reflection of Love (God) to the world. By following Jesus…you will find your true self. It will require courage to do it. Others will feel threatened by the changes you make in your life. They may ridicule and make fun of you. Don’t let that stop you! You will be living the life you were meant to live. And if someone close to you is stepping out of his or her comfort zone to follow Jesus or their calling…give that person encouragement!
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