I’m so excited to introduce you to Kris Reece. You’re going to love her.
Kris is passionate about helping others unleash their hidden potential and become all God created them to be.
I want that, don’t you?!
After you’ve read this and made Kris feel welcome, like you always do, go over and check out her latest post titled, How I Broke Up with Control and Got My Life Back.
But first, sit back and relax and find out why…
If You Want to Be Blessed, You’ve Got to Be OK With Being Hated
I like to be liked. Who doesn’t?
Yes, I’ll admit, I was one of those gals who would become whatever anyone needed me to be just to be liked. My core group of friends were not the issue, they accepted me for who I was, but that group was small. it was actually the needs and expectations of people I barely knew that drove me to be a people pleaser.
Why did I care so much about what others thought of me?
I spent so much time in the analysis of this that it exhausted me. I reached a point where I said “ENOUGH”
This was not a characteristic that I wanted to keep, so I ditched it and went on a relentless pursuit of God’s will for my life
I said, “That’s it, my days of trying to please people are done, I am going to fulfill my God-given purpose.”
God answers prayer.
He began to show me what He created me for and opportunities began to open up for me that I never thought possible.
But Boy, was I in for a rude awakening. The more God blessed me, the more I found people hating me. Some people were outwardly vocal is their disdain, but most were secret and passive-aggressive in their hatred towards me.
Now, for this insecure little girl trapped in a grown woman’s body, nothing could have been more devastating. I wanted to be blessed abundantly but I also have a deep desire to be liked. Couldn’t I have my cake and eat it too?
So, I prayed and I was reminded of the story of Joseph in Genesis 37. Joseph was favored by his father Jacob and was hated for it. “Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him—they wouldn’t even speak to him.” Genesis 37:3-4
It was also evident that Joseph was favored (blessed) by God.
We see the evidence in his dreams at such a young age. Joseph’s first dream indicated that his family’s bundles would bow down to him. His brother’s hatred grew more. His second dream revealed the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to him. Genesis 37:5-7,9. This infuriated his brothers. They hated him so much that they vowed to kill him.
I thought, “Well at least no one is trying to murder me…yet!”
And the realization that it’s impossible to please everyone began to move from my head to my heart. I began to see how it would be foolish to even try get people to like me. I had a choice to make. Did I want God’s blessings or people’s approval?
[Tweet “I recognized that if I wanted God’s blessings I was going to need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”]
It’s uncomfortable to know that those around you—especially those whose opinion you value—are struggling with anger or jealousy. But if you can recognize that THEY are the ones struggling, you can rest a little easier in those uncomfortable moments.
I’ll admit, I still struggle sometimes. When I’m giving a talk to a group of ladies and there’s that one woman who looks like she is throwing daggers at me with her eyes, I get uncomfortable, but then I remind myself to move forward in what God has called me to do and I turn my focus to another smiling face.
(Ok, so maybe I still like people liking me more than I should)
When you have the favor of God on your life, don’t expect that everyone will celebrate you.
God’s favor may be a peace that others can’t understand, blessings you don’t deserve and an inexplicable joy. In fact, you can expect that others will be jealous. The important thing to remember is that their upset is not your issue. The minute you make it your issue, you relinquish the favor.
Do what it takes to get ready for your blessings because God longs to bless His children. But also get ready for many people to hate you. If you stay concerned with what others think, you may miss out on the blessing.
What you give your focus to is what you give your power to. Focus on Jesus, He’ll take you places you’ve never dreamed possible.
Kris Reece is passionate about helping women pick up the broken pieces of their lives and build something beautiful. As a Christian Counselor, Christian Life Coach, Author and Speaker, Kris loves to empower and equip women to find and fulfill their God-given purpose.
She lives with the love of her life (her husband Jean Paul) and their three children and three fur babies in New Jersey.
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