Here is something I read from the Bible this morning:
Matthew 11:18-19 “For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
Jesus made that statement to the “crowds” of people who were always following him as distant observers… the critiquing masses. Here is what I think Jesus was really trying to say,
“You guys always follow at a distance and you offer your negative analysis to anyone who will listen. First, you say that John the Baptist is possessed with a demon. Then I come along, and my life and ministry is somewhat different from John’s… and you call me a glutton and a drunkard. If you want to critique John, or me, or anyone else… here is the very best way to do that: ‘Wisdom is shown to be right by its RESULTS.'”
Here is the message for you today: Instead of spending your life catering to your distant observers, always focus on RESULTS!
Don’t become distracted.
Some people will never give you a rave review, because they never give ANYONE a rave review.
Whether you are John the Baptist, or Jesus, or the Reverend Billy Graham, they will point you out and call you down just as soon as they find some “dirt” on you. Don’t become discouraged with their noisy assessments. Don’t spend your life responding to them. Instead, stay dedicated to the continual development of your character… and to your overall effectiveness. If you do this, your inevitable results will showcase your invisible wisdom. Then at the end of your life, you will have results to lay at the feet of your Lord… and you will know that you did your very best before God and people.
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time.
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th American President.
Check out this video I found on youtube.
Did you catch that quote!! “While the critics were trying to break my legs, I was learning to run faster!!” Wow!
Here is a great song for todays blog: Devoted, by Citipoint Worship. Stay devoted!
Make this a fun and fruitful day!
I just finish praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. Please leave your comments here on this blog site so that we will always have a record of your beautiful additions. Have a happy Friday everyone!
With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!