From the beginning of time this world has been haunted by people who say that you can’t, and people who hope that you won’t. My question is, why?
Why are there so many haters, instead of motivators? Wouldn’t the world be a happier place if it were just filled with the type of individuals who say that you can, people who think that you can, and people who hope that you can? Yes, most definitely. I believe that a lot more would be accomplished if the world was not populated with so many doubters, and filled with so many haters.
I see jealousy, spite, doubt, and criticism on a daily basis. I hear it in gossip, I view it on social media, and I feel it in my own life. I witness people talking behind other people’s backs, I hear the negativity in tones of voices, I see the looks on faces as somebody watches another person trying so hard to climb out of the life they have, into the life that they desire. The looks that say, How dare you? Why do you think you deserve that? Who do you think you are?
You know those looks. Chances are you’ve seen them. Felt them. Even believed them. Chances are you’ve had ideas that have been shot down, dreams that seemed too big, and hopes that you were told were too high. You may even have listened to the haters, and let the doubts creep in. Instead of being motivated forward, you were hated backward. That is just so sad.
There are too many people out there willing to tell you that you can’t, and not near enough people out there willing to tell you that you can.
So what do you do when it seems like the whole world is playing mind games with your dreams? You let the haters do their thing. You let the haters motivate you.
I call these people, these particular downers, moti-haters. The pessimistic people who just want to see you:
Don’t let them. Do not let them crush your spirit, steal your ambition, or stomp on your dreams. Let their negativity be a driving force for your own personal positivity. Love yourself and your dreams so much that it drives them crazy. Let the hate motivate, because if you do, if you push forward, if you defy the disapprovers, you will come out on top.
I’m telling you my friend, if God put a dream in your heart, it’s there for a purpose. Whether you believe that or not, God believes in you. No matter what! Push forward, fuel your fight for your dream with the words of moti-haters in your ears, and set the world ablaze with your thoughts, your words, your art, your ideas, your generosity, your music, your service, and your hopes.
Do not let hate get in the way. People are always going to talk, and that’s okay. The talk comes from hate and hate comes from fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failure. Fear of being surpassed, and the fear of watching somebody else win, and being afraid to try for yourself, and fear of being left behind.
Fear is scary, and fear can be ugly. So the next time you see hate, experience hate, or perhaps participate in self-hate, realize that all of it, jealousy, criticism, doubt, all of it stems from a fearful heart. Don’t you dare join in the fear fest. Be brave. Be you. Be the person God created you to be. That’s how you conquer fear. That’s how you eliminate hate. That’s how you win in front of your enemies, all those horrible haters who want you to fail. That’s how you beat the worst hater of all, the ultimate liar, and the one who loves to crush your dreams.
The devil always whispers, You can’t. You won’t. It’s not possible. He loves to watch you fail, become discouraged and see you quit. Do not give him, or anybody else for that matter, that particular satisfaction.
I want you to try something. I want you to picture the people who want you to fail. Picture the looks on their faces if you quit. Can you see them? Those smug looks. The mocking smiles. The superior sparkle in their critical eyes. These people are your moti-haters. When you see them in your mind’s eye, how do they make you feel? Angry? Don’t get mad, just get motivated!
Now close your eyes and imagine these same people, these same moti-haters. Picture them watching you succeed. Picture the surprised looks. The confusion. Picture the shock. How does this make you feel? Do you feel happy? Satisfied? Victorious? Isn’t that how you would rather feel? The joy comes when you keep going, keep praying, keep persevering, no matter what the odds.
Look in your Bible if you can, or Google some Bible stories about victories. So many of the victorious were told that they couldn’t, were told they shouldn’t, were laughed at, criticized, doubted, or worse. Look at Noah, people thought he was crazy. David was too young to battle a giant. Job’s own friends criticized him. Moses doubted himself, Sarah thought she was too old. There are so many under dogs, people who were told no, or you can’t, or you won’t. All of these accounts are great for motivation, but the greatest account is that of Jesus himself. He was hated, disbelieved, mocked, tortured and killed, yet none of this stopped His plan. His plan for you, for me, for us all. His plan to die for us was a success, and now He lives and loves us, and wants our ultimate success, to believe in Him. To believe! He overcame hate so that you and I could too.
So the next time you’re feeling on the verge of defeat, or on the edge of quitting, if you’re feeling scared, or worried about what others think or say, I want you to know that the world is full of people who once felt like you, but who carried on and won the battle. The moti-haters are there to push you forward, to motivate you to prove them all wrong. So keep going!
If you’re feeling discouraged, pray. Look up some verses. Memorize a few. Read the ones that follow this post. Keep going, friend! I’m rooting for you!
And when you do win?
Do it with class. Reach back and grab some people who were left behind. Pull them up, and show the world how you won, through the power of God’s hand on your life. Show the haters love, joy, and teach them to motivate, rather than to moti-hate. Motivate the fear right out of them, and the hate and jealousy will follow.
Happy dream pursuing, friend! God bless!
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You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.