by Hillary McFarland
Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:25-33
Encouragement for Living
- Keep your words sweet, like the saying reminds us, because someday you might have to eat them.
- Seek to be humble in all things.
- Stay open to correction, because we can learn from everyone despite disagreement.
- Find safe and trustworthy people with whom to fellowship, even if you meet for coffee once a week.
- The art of boundaries takes time to develop, but ask the Lord to show you how! And keep firm, but gracious, boundaries.
- Listen well. Pray without ceasing.
- As much as depends on you, live peaceably with all. But follow Jesus first.
- Trust God. Trust His love for you and His love for the ones you love.
- Remember that parents and others sometimes respond like they do because they are genuinely afraid for you. Honor them and be thankful for their love. Take their fears to the Heavenly Father and ask Him if there is anything He wants to show you through them, and ask Him to comfort them also.
- Don’t let the rejection you feel cause you to reject others ~ or to even reject yourself. Don’t reject your sadness. Don’t reject your pain. Don’t reject your anger. Let God use these things, and the God-of-all-comfort will bring life in ways you’ve never expected.
- Do not return “evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
But take heart that you are not rejected by the One who matters most.