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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 8, 2021

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MONDAY, March 8

John 7:15, 24 The Jews were astonished at it, saying, “How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?” [Jesus answered them], “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

When I was studying for my bachelor’s degree, I was looked down upon because I did not follow the prevailing theory on musicianship that was championed by many of the faculty (with the great exception of my bassoon professor). However, I received honorable mention in my first solo competition, and in the second, I won the top prize. I went on to graduate school, winning the solo competition there as well. I played in a professional orchestra. I currently lead ensembles and perform professionally, whereas many of the people who came from so-called “tried-and-true” backgrounds have mostly given up music.

Jesus reminds us that there will be struggles, especially as people judge our backgrounds, but God will always look after us. When we keep ourselves focused on building upon our God-given gifts, we will succeed. Even though people will try to find ways for us to fail, God always has the last word.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you been judged by appearances? When have you unjustly judged others? Pray for forgiveness and new direction.

PRAY for the Diocese of Athabasca (Canada)

Ps 80 * 77, [79] | Jeremiah 7:1-15 | Romans 4:1-12 | John 7:14-36

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