Dan and I have finally come to faith and agreement some decisions on things that have been going on around us. I’m not going to announce anything until late next week. We are excited, nervous, but have reached a place of peace about some of the next steps of our life. After the shift was made one of the first things that popped into my mind was “how am I going to explain this to so and so”. Truthfully it’s one thing to reach a place of faith, but it’s another thing to deal with trying to explain decisions to people who don’t understand them and are going to be outspoken in their disapproval. Let’s face it, when one pursues a calling of God sometimes one makes decisions that appear to those around them to be nuts. I understand this. However when one is trying to stay in a place of faith, it can be a challenge to hear the negative repeated to them over and over again.
Dan has been reading the book, “Put Your Dream to the Test” By John C. Maxwell. In this book Maxwell talks about the people around you when you’re trying to break out of the normal box. I loved this quote when I heard it, “10% of people are pioneers, 70% are settlers, and 20% are antagonists. Make it your goal to win over the pioneers and wait for the settlers. If you communicate your heart will, live it with integrity, and wait for the timing to be right, your dream will gain credibility and go from a good idea to a great one in their eyes. And when you’re ready to move forward, do so with the 80% and try your best to leave the antagonists behind.”
Bottom line is guaranteed if you are going to accomplish anything in life you are going to have doubters, mockers, and people who just don’t get it. Sometimes these will be people who you love and greatly respect, but you can’t let that stop you. I’m not calling dear friends and family pigs but here is what Jesus had to say:
Matthew 7:6 (NKJV)6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
You have to learn to respectfully tune out their fears, doubts, and unbelief. If you can maybe you need to separate yourself from them. If you can’t do that then don’t listen to their blanket of negativity. Don’t let that blanket rest on you, and don’t take what their saying to heart.
When I first felt called to write, I remember telling the girl that was who I thought was my best friend at the time. Her response was not one of encouragement. I believe her response was, “No you’re not. You can’t do that!” While my motivation has never been to prove the doubters wrong on that regard, today over 20 books later I believe God did.
You don’t have to argue or justify your actions to doubters. Take a step back. As time progresses God will cause a revelation that His will for you was correct. He will do that for you. Trust in Him. Pray for the doubters and choose to move forward in what God says. He will make a way!