The wise don’t tell everything they know, but the foolish talk too much and are ruined.Proverbs 10:14
Disclaimer number 1: This post is not about materialism or taking things into your own hands. If you have read my previous posts, you know that I have tried that approach and now speak against operating out of your own abilities. Instead, this post is about faith, believing God for whatever you want, and putting action behind your faith.
It is also about knowing that bold faith requires believing when others don’t and being willing to believe “alone”. Though, you really aren’t when you are believing in what God is about to do. Some things don’t need to be told. It isn’t important or needed to tell everyone what you are working on or doing. When it’s time, they will know.
Success is not about what you have or who people say that you are. This is a lesson that I had to let God teach me. For me, success is doing what makes you happy, free, and at peace with God. If He allows material things to come with it, so be it, but it must be kept in perspective, and God be praised!
I have also had to learn, on the way to getting “my success“, that there are some things that people can’t handle. There are some things they can’t contain, so I had to contain my excitement and keep things on lock until they materialized.
You see, there comes a time when family and friends need to be told, “No comment.” Not exactly in those words, but I needed to come close. For me, I have mastered silence.
Sharing things came at a hefty price. At least, sharing before it was time. Ultimately, it caused me to fear, doubt myself, or totally abandon what I wanted to see happen. This was because of what others said or thought.
I had to learn that it didn’t matter what others felt about my choices or beliefs. As long as I had peace in my heart, that was all I needed. I realized that there was nothing to prove, and that I didn’t have to discuss my plans or goals to feel affirmation from anyone but God!
Again, this took years to get great at. In fact, some of the doubts and words of others has stopped me in my tracks many times before. I mean, I have avoided taking opportunities based on what someone else said, even when I felt in my heart I should have pursued it. Needless to say, I got tired of that.
In the end, I backed away from a lot of “so-called” friends. Some didn’t even realize that I did it because of their negativity and lack of faith in what I was believing God for. Now, when it comes to family, I take a different approach.
For instance, I will let them know that I hear their point of view, but I have to do what I feel is right for me. Sometimes, I just say nothing and let the issue go. I do it to keep peace, but I still believe what I believe and pursue that.
Basically, what I am saying is that you don’t need anyone but God’s approval for your plans. Just give them to Him, and He will let you know if it is right for you. He will be there to walk it out with you.
Even in the barren years, when nothing was materializing, God was right there with me. He let me know I was doing the right thing. If what I am believing for isn’t for me, He will let me know. If I need to keep waiting and trusting, He let’s me know. Regardless, whatever my goals or what I am believing for, I will tell God about it. I will give it to Him only, first.
If God is in it, and you are trusting Him, keep pushing. Don’t let someone else’s doubt or fear cause you to turn back and play it safe. Keep on believing in what you know God can bring to pass!
Countless times, I have done things, and people thought I would not make it. People asked why I was doing it. People were waiting for me to fail. When I didn’t fail, I saw certain ones give me “fake praise”. Again, needless to say, they are gone from my life!
They could not understand why I worked so hard or went the extra mile. My “blind faith” was not blind at all. It was vision. There was a purpose, and it paid off. I am not saying EVERYTHING I have believed God for worked out, but that never stops me from believing or having faith in what I hope for every day.
One denial is never the end of my believing God. Even today, I am steadily grinding things out. Some of these goals are five years and counting. Nothing will stop me from seeing them through, quietly. What God has for me is mine, and I am willing to wait, in faith, to see what He will allow. While I wait in faith, I will keep my aspirations to myself, sow seeds of faith and hard work, and watch how God moves!
Disclaimer number two: I am not telling you to do what I have and will continue to do. It works for me, and this is why I do it. I have learned to have radical faith and believe in big, impossible, things. You will do that, after years of fear or walking away from what you could have done or seen come to pass.
Sometimes, it is lonely, but that is only when I forget that God is with me and try to walk alone. He is my company, during these seasons of waiting and trusting. Sure, there are some people who I have shared goals with, but I don’t tell everything. With experience, I know better to wait before I speak. I have seen the results of speaking prematurely. Then again, the ones that I do share goals with are those with goals of their own.
In closing, I have learned that it is also wise to surround myself with those who aspire and believe God for more. It is also good to have people around who also have relationship with Jesus Christ and encourage me in that. It is refreshing when they are not “haters” but those who congratulate and trust God for what they want too!
They that wait on the Lord…Isaiah 40:31