The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
Recently my youngest daughter and I were putting out concert posters. We were walking in and out of business in the downtown area, as we had done in the past, putting posters up in windows. With that neighborly small town feel and charm that we enjoy so much here, business owners are always eager to help.
As we walked in one particular new business I introduced myself to the shop owner and asked if we could put up a poster, to which she responded with a puzzled look on her face. She replied, “I really don’t know what to say.” I tried to ease the awkwardness and said kindly, “You don’t have to say anything. It’s okay.” “It’s no problem at all.” “Have a great day.” As we walked back out onto the sidewalk I said to my daughter Faith, “That was awkward.” To which she smiled and agreed.
Well, with many more posters to get out we kept going and walked right into a local dinner that serves a great breakfast and lunch. I waved at the owner behind the counter and asked if we could place a poster in his window, to which he replied, “Sure, no problem.” As we were taping up the poster, a gentleman walked up to us and held out his hand and said, “Are you Johnny with The Bridge FM?” I replied, “Yes I am.” He then proceeded to tell me that he had wanted to advertise his business on our station for a while and just hadn’t gotten around to calling me. We exchanged contact info and set up a time to get together.
As we headed out the door I said to my daughter, “You see how we were rejected in one place, but in the very next business, not only were we received, but we were blessed?” I said, “Faith, when you’re rejected you just keep on going and God will open up another door.” We were both amazed at how God had just set us up for a “Divine Object Lesson.”
When you’ve been rejected by someone it’s human nature to live with that critic in mind. Let’s face it, we all have “Hater/Critics.” Those folks, that for some reason, would love to see us fall flat on our face in disgrace. Taylor Swift wrote a number one song all about it. “Haters” are usually insecure people that aren’t really that happy with life, or themselves and find it hard to celebrate the success of others.
How do I know so much about how a “Hater” thinks? Because, I’ve been one myself. Not about everything or everyone. I’ve generally been a positive person throughout my life, but if I’m honest I have had moments of jealousy toward others whom I felt may have mistreated me, or misunderstood me at times.
Our Father doesn’t want us to be a “Hater” or live for the hater or critic in mind. Don’t live your life wondering what that person will think if you put up that Face Book status, post that picture on Instagram, or Tweet that Tweet.
Live your life to the full, and in a way that honors your Heavenly Father, and when it comes to the “Hater/Critic” pray for them and bless them. Romans 12:14 says, “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.” NLT
If Jesus had lived with the “Hater/Critic” in mind He would have never performed a miracle. He would have never opened a single blind eye, or raised even one person from the dead. He had His “Hater/Critics” for sure, but He chose to keep on loving and keep on living. He fulfilled His destiny and purpose in spite of those who were against them.
Don’t give your “Hater/Critics” another thought or another day of your life. Be who God has called you to be, and live the life as He has called you to live. “If God is for you, who can be against you?” You have true friends and loved ones that really do want to see you succeed. And, most of all you have a Heavenly Father that is for you and receives you just as you are!