When Others Discourage Us from Fulfilling Our Sense of Calling (Mon. June 6)

The word of the day is “discourage.”  If others try to discourage us from doing something we believe that God has called us to do, do we listen to them?  How do we tell whether our resolve is not mere stubbornness?  In our reading of Acts 21:8-14, Paul is bound to go to Jerusalem, although a prophet tells him that in the Holy City, the Jews will “bind” him and hand him over to the Gentiles.  But Paul replies, “I am ready not only to be bound but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (OSB vs. 13).  Today this incident suggests how we can tell that our purposes are right even if the opinion…

When Others Discourage Us from Fulfilling Our Sense of Calling (Monday, June 14)

The word of the day is “discourage.”  If others try to discourage us from doing something we believe that God has called us to do, do we listen to them?  How do we tell whether our resolve is not mere stubbornness?  In our reading of Acts 21:8-14, Paul is bound to go to Jerusalem, although a prophet tells him that in the Holy City, the Jews will “bind” him and hand him over to the Gentiles.  But Paul replies, “I am ready not only to be bound but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus” (OSB vs. 13).  Today this incident suggests how we can tell that our purposes are right even if the opinion…