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This Is Your Hour
By Joel Osteen - Dec 24, 2021
The older we get, the more we realize that we're not going to be here forever. Life is flying by. When you realize how fast time is going, it should bring a sense of urgency, a sense of focus. Your assignment has an expiration date. Your time on this earth is limited. In Jesus' life, when the hour had come for Him to be crucified, the Scripture says, "He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem" (Luke 9:51). There was no more spending time with the Samaritan woman or Zacchaeus or feeding the five thousand in the wilderness. Those things had been for a season, but now He didn't have time for distractions. His hour had come. God is saying to you, "Your hour has come." If you're going to reach your highest potential, you have to set your face and not get distracted by things that keep you from your purpose.

The Scripture says, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15--16). You don't have time to waste by living worried about what people think about you. Your time is too valuable to respond to every critic, every negative comment, to try to convince people that you really are okay. That's a distraction. Everyone is not going to like you, everyone is not going to accept you. Quit wasting time trying to convince someone to understand you who's determined to misunderstand you. They don't want to be for you, and that's okay. You don't need them to fulfill your destiny. The enemy would love for you to spend your time and energy trying to win someone over who's never going to be won over. If you changed and did everything they wanted, they would still find some reason to not like you.

Too often in life we're worried about what people think about us, pressured into being what people want us to be, trying to convince people to be our friends. If someone doesn't see the gift that you are, if they don't recognize your talents or value your friendship, do yourself a favor and move on. This is your hour. The people you need to be for you will be for you and don't have to be talked into it. God has already lined up people who will celebrate you, who will stick with you, who will see the best in you. Today, you need to know that it's time to set your face, run your own race, stay focused on your goals, and have the boldness to follow what God put in your heart.
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