But when the Jewish Festival
of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to
Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants
to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things,
show yourself to the world.” For even his own
brothers did not believe in him. – John
Tasha had a passion for dance.
She’d always longed to study it for herself. After years of dreaming about it,
a friend signed her up for dance lessons at a local studio as a surprise
birthday gift. Tasha was over the moon. She practically skipped into the first
session, pausing to take a quick selfie and share it on Instagram.
She was still feeling the rush
from the first lesson when her phone chimed. A series of text messages came
from Tasha’s mother, condemning her for taking the lessons. Her mother had been
raised as a strict Baptist with a belief that dancing in any form was sinful.
Tasha was crushed by the lack
of support. She instantly began questioning what she’d done. She thought God
gave her the gift of dance. Now, someone was telling her that wasn’t so.
If you’ve had experiences like
Tasha’s, you’re not alone. Even Jesus had family members who didn’t believe in
Him or understand His purpose. But He chose not to focus on that. Instead, He
spent His time doing what God had called Him to do.
God, please give me grace to show grace to my family. They
don’t understand what You’re calling me to do. It hurts that they don’t believe
in me. Turn my eyes from these aches to You. Let me delight in this gift You’ve
given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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