Don't Give Life to it
I borrowed this from one of my girls and from 1 Samuel 17, I see David lived by this too!
David's father sent him to deliver food and provisions to his brothers who were part of the king's army. At the time they were involved in a battle with the Philistines. (Arrgh, what's new?). He got to the battlefield and started making enquiries about the happenings over there. He meant no harm, you know, just trying to get a feel of what was going on.
Then came big brother Eliab, angry like crazy and started questioning David's presence. "... “Why did you come down here? ... I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” I Samuel 17:28. He was dripping with venom! He sure had something against his little brother!
David's response and attitude is my focus! "And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing..." I Samuel 17:29-30.
He just brushed aside what his brother said and kept on talking to the other soldiers! He did not imbibe the words, did not internalized them; he did not acknowledge them for more than a moment!
There will always be the naysayers, the haters, those who will put labels on you because of where you come from or who you belong to! There will always be those who are jealous of what you carry and would rather see you go down than stay up. You will do well not to pay them any mind and do not give life to their words!
Some people will use their words to discourage you, stop you, make you doubt yourself, question your purpose and slow you down. Know which voices to listen to and which to brush aside!
David knew his God; he had incredible faith! God had already qualified him by anointing him! Because he did not listen to his brother, he saved the whole nation from imminent defeat at the hands of Goliath!
Remember the words of Winston Churchill, "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
Love, Lady Mo ❤