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1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT 
2015-11-04Written by Bob and Debby Gass
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Has anyone ever assumed you couldn't do something because you were young, or female, or male, or because you'd done something a little silly in the past? It can be horrible, especially when it feels like you were made to do something that others say you can't. Well, God doesn't underestimate us like that, and He calls us to build people up rather than tear them down. The Bible is full of characters that people expected absolutely nothing from: David was a shepherd boy, Moses was considered an orphan, Elizabeth was an old barren woman, Joseph was the youngest of 12 brothers (bit of a dreamer, too), and yet each of these played a vital role in God's huge plan. In today's terms even Jesus was a refugee, born to a teenage mother and a poor carpenter. God builds even hopeless-looking lives into glorious examples of His goodness. And we're called to reflect that hope back to others. Even in small ways. Every conversation, shared lunch, genuine compliment, counts. And maybe next time someone tells you to be 'realistic', remind yourself (and maybe even them) of the adventures God led His people on, freeing them from oppression, and from feeling like they were worth nothing. Then give your dreams to God and let Him make you into all that He sees for you. He believes in you, so let Him take you to where you're supposed to be. What Now? Know someone who could do with some encouragement? Pray, and then act: offer a little practical help, take them for lunch, whatever they seem to need.
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