You know who you are Haters! It is amazing how when you have a God idea and try to implement it, there are always naysayers. It doesn’t matter what your idea is, someone will always have insight on how to do it bigger and better than you. You must understand that there are times when God places people in our lives to help instruct and give Godly insight, but that isn’t always the case. There are a lot of reasons why people might hate on your vision. Some may hate because they didn’t have the idea. Others might hate you because they just don’t like what you have to say.
I read a blog by Jon Acuff called “Almost Sucks“. It basically talks about putting off the things you are suppose to be doing. A lot of us fail to lead because of the Haters in our life. Now I know that Hater is a strong word and some may not really hate they just don’t see the potential in a situation or idea that you see. You must remember that when you have a dream that you are so excited about that doesn’t mean everyone around you will be jumping up and down with the excitement you are. You and I must help others catch the vision and show them the importance of where we are headed. So, let haters hate, but you must lead anyway.
I remember in past ventures in my life there were individuals who I didn’t feel supported me. It wasn’t so much that they didn’t support me, they just didn’t have the hope I had for my dream. So I did it anyways and I wish I could tell you it was the most successful venture that I ever had, but that wouldn’t be true. But the thing you must remember is that we must have the courage to try even when we don’t have the support we would like to have.
We can see several examples of Haters in the bible but I wanted to focus on Nehemiah. Nehemiah had a God idea and had backing for it, but if you read through the book of Nehemiah you will find that there were plenty of folks who weren’t happy about the direction that he was headed. In Chapter 4 of the book of Nehemiah we begin to see the opposition he faced. Nehemiah and those with him were made fun of and discouraged because of the vision. But Nehemiah held on tenaciously to the vision and lead anyway.
So what’s the moral here? People aren’t always always going to be on board or might be in blatant opposition to what you are leading or the vision. But you must Lead anyway. How will you ever help people see the vision if you are so consumed with the Haters. The only thing Haters are good for is just that, so let them hate while you achieve. So how do you deal with those offering discouragement? Leave a comment and let me know.