I read a few daily devotionals, and this morning I was reading one from Joel Osteen on getting beyond critical voices that keep us from being our best, and achieving success and I wanted to share it with you.
Anytime you set out to do something great in life, there will be critics. If you’re going to be a great businessperson, coach, student, leader or employee, there will be opposition. The more success you have, the more opportunities there will be for distractions. The higher you go, the more haters will come out. When you start stretching to a new level and pursuing what God has placed in your heart, the jealous people, the critical people, and the small-minded people come out of the woodwork and start making negative comments, but you don’t have to let that distract you.
If you are under pressure today, if the critical voices are coming against you, know that it’s because you are making a difference. Don’t let them throw you off course. Instead, dig your heels in, set your face like a flint, and say, “I will not get distracted. I will not get drawn into battles that don’t matter. It doesn’t matter what others think; it matters what God thinks!”
Today, look beyond the critics. Stand strong in adversity. Press forward to what lies ahead and win the prize of life that He has prepared for you!
I hope you also find inspiration as I did from his message! I fall short of this at times, and can be a critical voice. My goal is to get people’s attention so they can learn and improve, but if I ever come across differently I ask in advance for your forgiveness.