By Aaron Jeffries / FB: AJEFFRIES1
The state I live in receives a lot of negative remarks, West Virginia – “The Mountain State”. We are most commonly referred to as rednecks. The county I grew up in, Wayne County, is usually spoken of in poor taste, not only by the surrounding counties, but by residents of the county.
Occasionally, I will hear excuses for why someone doesn’t know something or cannot perform a task (i.e.: “oh sorry, I’m from Wayne county” or “don’t mind him he is just a Wayne county boy”), so over time, people who make this excuse for themselves or accept the mindset come to believe that because they are from this area, they will not get very far in life.
Today I have news for anyone who lives this way: you do not have to be a statistic. You do not have to accept that just because other people do not think you’re worth anything, that that means you are worthless.
You see, Jesus dealt with this same thing. Jesus did many miracles, He taught many life-changing lessons, He showed mercy, gave compassion, was accosted by the religious, even DIED for our sins, and who knows how many other things that were not recorded. However, He was rejected by His own people!
“And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:53-58 ESV)
I want to tell you that just because other people don’t believe in you, don’t let that stop you from being all God called you to be. You’re not always going to be appreciated for what you do but Jesus sees it and will bless you for it.
You will not always fit in, but Jesus didn’t come to fit in either. In fact, He stood out more because He didn’t fit the mold.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (Hebrew 12:1-4 ESV)
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Facebook.