“C’mon, get a regular job.”
“You know you’ll never finish that.”
“Why are you so interested in computers? What’s the deal?”
“Do you really think you can make a living doing that?”
“What makes you think you’re so special?”
“I could never do that. What makes you think you can?”
Boy, I could go on and on.
As you explore what your talents or giftings are, it can truly boggle the minds of family, friends and co-workers who simply do not understand your calling. In fact, they could be unaware that they have talents as well. Unfortunately, their reaction to your pursuit of your dreams might be very negative and at times quite mean.
I remember my Mother informing me that I would be a secretary because she felt I would be paid well and my skills would be sought after. I’ll tell you this – it was not my gifting and it didn’t give me joy. Mom left high school at the end of her junior year to help support my Grandmother and Grandfather. As a single Mom with little education, her only option was to work in a local factory, so her wish was that I have other options. In reality, the career my Mother chose for me was her dream, not mine.
How do you thwart the efforts of those trying to box you into a career that is not a fit for you?
Are you willing to pursue your dreams in spite of the naysayers?
Do you see where this negativity has a very ugly foundation of jealousy?
You see, God created you as a unique individual. No one else carries your exact DNA. No one. Not a single person. When you follow your true calling, the purpose God has had for you since before the beginning of time, it is a threat to those who have been afraid to do the same. If you succeed, the frauds who have tried to block you will have to finally admit the truth – they are the frauds, not you.
When you finally have some success, you can expect to hear “It won’t last.”
What do you do?
You put them on notice that their negative chatter won’t be listened to anymore. You block out the lies whose intentions are to bring you down. Instead, you focus on pursuing all that God has for you.
Chase after what gives you joy and the rest will follow.