Climbing Up When People Are Trying To Bring You Down
It’s rough going through life having to deal with hateration. Let me say it this way. The more you want to do better, all of a sudden the enemy hits you with a ton of bricks. That’s right; haters in your family, on your job, and even in the church can cause you to wonder why you do what you do. As my mentor reminded me the other day, ‘effectiveness, faithfulness, and success come with a price.’ Regardless, you can’t worry about what others may say or feel about you. The goal isn’t to please those of that mindset, anyway.
In this life, I’ve discovered that it’s more important what God thinks of you than what others think. Whenever you’re concerned with fame and fortune, it will have you acting crazy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with earning money, but you must always seek spiritual growth first and foremost. Anything other than that, you’ll go down a slippery slope called disappointment. God’s calling on your life is great but it will come with a cost. A cost such as leaving some people behind who are hindering your progress. A cost such as saying ‘no’ to ungodly living when people around you are saying yes. And a cost of shifting your mental focus from can’t to can.
In this spiritual journey, I want to share with you a few lessons about climbing up when people are trying to bring you down. The first thing you need to do in climbing up is ascertain what you’re climbing towards. In other words, don’t climb just to be climbing, but climb yourself up to that which God has for you. Without understanding your purpose, you’ll find yourself going in circles. The second thing you need to in climbing up is to unload unnecessary baggage. Simply put – get rid of any dead weight that’s holding you down. Once you let go of the dead weight, you’re able to climb up with greater ease. Climbing light leads to more growth and transformation.
In writing to the people of Rome, the apostle Paul penned the words, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Please don’t miss this last lesson. Climbing up means submitting and surrendering your all to God. As soon as God is given permission to have His way in your life, your enemies and haters will be dealt with accordingly. All you need to do is concern yourself with climbing up. You may face some bumps along the way, but don’t worry because God has everything under control. That’s my word for you. Get ready to climb. Don’t let your haters hold you down. Always remember, for each achievement, give God all the honor, glory, and praise
By Rev. Sincair via Demetrius Howard, CTM
“Champions” Executive Director & Academic Coach www.championsprogram.net