Today’s devotional: when others label you unfairly

Have you ever felt called to a particular job, project, or pursuit… only to be told that you’re not qualified?

It’s always possible, of course, that we’ve overestimated our abilities, or that we’ve become so focused on our goal that we’re blinded to our unsuitability for it. However, it’s also possible that you are called to that task… and that you shouldn’t let human opposition and rejection block you from putting your God-given talents and interests to work. Blaine Smith of Nehemiah Ministries explains how to recognize when others have misjudged you:

We face a delicate challenge when it comes to discovering our gifts, and the directions God wants us to take with our life. On the one hand, we need others help in gaining a clear understanding, and we need it desperately. We have blind spots as we look at our life, and others often see our possibilities better than we do. Their counsel and encouragement is critical–in resolving our major life choices and in finding the courage to take steps of faith; Scripture couldnt be clearer about this.

Yet others, like ourselves, are fallible. While they can provide invaluable insight into our potential and Gods will, they can also misjudge us, sometimes seriously…. well-intentioned people who desire the best for us can also label us unfairly. Were less likely to recognize it occurring in this case, and the label is more likely to stick.

Blaine lists out four Biblical steps you can take to evaluate whether or not you’ve been judged unfairly. If you’ve ever been in this situation, share your experience in the comments below!

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