PART 3- THREE IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE THAT LIMITS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PEOPLE Co-authored by Olawade David and Dr. Bien Sufficient
“We tend to see ourselves in an atmosphere of enmity when our headway among our company becomes visible”.
When Joseph’s headway among his brothers began to show forth, they started to envy him. It later turned to hatred and finally they had thoughts to kill him. His brothers would have thought they loved him until when his headway became visible; the true intent of their heart came forth,
“And his brethren ENVIED HIM; but his father observed the saying”- Gen. 37:11.
“And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they CONSPIRED AGAINST HIM TO SLAY HIM”- Gen. 37:18.
It was as a result of Joseph sharing his dreams with his brothers that the envy in them erupted. Many a times, it is when we begin to share our dreams, goals, visions and purpose with our friends that we will truly know those who love us. Many will become jealous and envious, when such animosity gets to the peak; they hurt you or stop being around you. Some will accuse you of being proud or too ambitious.
Many people have left me today as a result of what God is leading me to do and what God is helping me to achieve. I thank God for them for bringing me to the consciousness that I am progressing in my quest of following God and fulfilling destiny maximally.
Joseph’s brothers hated him more as he talked more about his dreams. I made a statement sometime ago:
“Anyone who is envious or angry with my present progress would soon die of high blood pressure if he or she remains around me because I have not started, and I am still far from the reality of what God has planned for me to do on earth”.
I am glad to let you know that many of the people that surround you are still around you because they have not caught a glimpse of the reality of your dreams and purpose. That should signal to you that you are not progressing neither are you standing out. You progress would still attract those of like passion who would believe in the reality of your dreams.
I remember as an undergraduate when I unavoidably miss lectures due to my dogged commitment to spiritual growth. I spent many of my weekends out of the University State for conferences and programs. I spent my early time in the morning and holidays on mountains to have a quality time alone with God. Missing lectures was like the order of the day. I remember vividly not attending lectures of some particular courses all through the semester. My colleagues showed concern, they counselling and adviced me to be committed to lectures. I understand by grace that during exam period that in hours I could assimilate what has been taught from the beginning of d semester. During the time of exams, I spend quality time alone with my book due to the understanding that I have not been committed to lectures.
In the long run, after writing the exams and some of my colleagues get to know that I passed with an outstanding results, the true intent of their heart was unveiled. Some get angry and withdraws from me. Some say I was seeing lecturers behind. Some called me “Jacob” that am a deceiver. I discovered that many of them were showing concern believing and wishing that I fail my exams. Not many of them were actually wishing me well.
“When our head-way becomes visible, we will know the enemies amidst of our friends. “
I appreciate God for friends who believe in me, who have encouraged me and are still by my side giving the pace I need to do more daily.
LIVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY DR. BIEN SUFFICIENT (PRESIDENT, Kingdom Lifestyle Movement, Ukraine Author “The Single, Ministry and Sexual Purity”)
We are living in a time where everybody have a say and an opinion about the life of another person without even knowing them or having facts.
They have an opinion on what they think you should do and how you should do it in order to be accepted. Anything other than what they think you should do, is automatically wrong.
People talk more this days than they can even think.
My dear friend, do not be carried away by what everyone have to say about your life, that you forget who you are.
If you want to know who you are, if you want to know what to do, then go to the Bible you will find all your answers. Look deep down within you in silence and serenity and you will surely discover who you truly are and what you are to do.
Be Careful of those you take advice from. Be watchful of who you tell your problems.
Not everyone is qualified to be a friend, even though you must be friendly to all.
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