Monday, May 23, 2022

About YOU

By David A. Sargent


    Keith Wishum reminds us, “What people say about you does not determine what you are.”

    "As a composer," declared the music teacher, "he is hopeless!"  The student's name was Ludwig van Beethoven.

    At 21, he got a job at a department store, but he wasn't allowed to wait on customers. The manager said he didn't have enough sense to know how to serve a customer. The clerk's name was F.W. Woolworth.

    A young newspaper writer was fired by his editor who said the boy just had "no good ideas." The youngster was Walt Disney.

    He got a "C" on his student project in his college business class. The professor said his proposal for an overnight delivery service wasn't feasible. The student was Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express.

    What has been said about YOU?

    You may have been told, "You'll never amount to anything!" Or, "You're just no good."  Perhaps it has been in the form of a question that your failure has been predicted, "Can't you do anything right?" *

    Consider…  What has GOD said about you?

    God says… you are His special creation.  After all, every person was created in His image (Genesis 1:26-27).

    God says… because of sin, that image has been marred.  “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Unless the problem is resolved, that sin will destroy you (Matthew 7:13-14).

    God says… “I love you, and I want you to be my child.”  God loves you so much that He gave His Son to die on the cross to pay the price for your sins (John 3:16; Ephesians 1:7).  Because of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice, you can be forgiven of your sins and be born into God’s family.

    God will cleanse you by the blood of Jesus and add you to His family when you place your faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38).  The blood of Jesus will continue to cleanse you as you continue to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).

    In the words of Wishum: “People may be telling you that you aren't worth much - that you can't make it.  The person most likely to be telling you that is YOU!!

DON'T LISTEN..... God says otherwise.”

     “And HIS opinion of you is the ONLY one that matters.”

    Won’t YOU accept His offer of salvation and eternal life by surrendering your life to Him today?
- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled "Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website:


* Keith Wishum, “What People Say About You,” in A Word from Williams Road, provided by the Williams Road Church of Christ, Americus, GA.  See

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