Last time, I posted something about my birthday wish list. I mentioned it to my family and then someone who is closest to me blurted out something about it that deeply hurt my feelings. Maybe for them, it is nothing; just an expression or just to release something from them. But for me, it deeply penetrated into my heart and mind. I was hurt. I can feel my heart crying over it. I can’t believe that those people who are closest to me were the ones who could say something like that. It left a dent in my thoughts. I felt like I should stop writing and blogging. I felt like I was not supported enough.
“Mabuti pa yung ibang tao natutuwa, nai-inspire, at sinusuportahan itong ginagawa ko.” This clogged the positivity out of me. I was angry. But still, I chose to forgive. After all, they are my family.
As I was grueling with those lies that came into my mind, I had so much realization.
Do what you love. Pursue your passion. Recognize where you are good at, and then do it! I’m not saying that this is what I’ll pursue in the future, to be a full-time blogger. I’m not. I just want to spit my unspoken thoughts through my writing muscle. I want to utilize my skill in making my blog fine-looking. Most of all, I want to inspire others to the very best I can.
If your passion is in photography, you gotta do it. If you love cooking, cook it out. If you want to visit all the places around the globe, better pack your things now. It is just a matter of courage. If you want something, you’re not just going to sit there, sulking from the lies other people will tell you.
You need to stand and act in order for you to reach your goals.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
– Deuteronomy 31:6
People will hate. Expect the worse. People will say so many negative things about you. “You cannot do it,” “You’re too young for that,” “We don’t have money for that,” “Stop day-dreaming, you will never reach something like that.” And so on. I have received so many of those, but I didn’t stop. Instead, I pushed forward. Sounds cliché but, haters gonna hate. A lot of people will say something negative because you’re doing well in those things you really love doing. They see you achieving your little dreams and goals, and then they will attack you with their jealousy and/or insecurities. I don’t know. People will hate you either way.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
– John 15:18-19
Stick to those people who will encourage you. If there are haters, surely there are also supporters. Stick to the people who will build you up instead of tearing you down. Like friends and families who commend what you do and encourage you to do better. Admirations are not meant to lift your feet off the ground, but it meant as your drive, your fuel to continue doing what you love and of course, to be grateful that God has given you the skills and talent to fulfill your dreams and plans He has placed in your heart.
And lastly, we don’t need thousands of audience. One is enough, and that is Jesus. We don’t need to seek the approval of many people. We don’t need to scale ourselves based on the standard of others. We can set our eyes higher than these. We can do greater things than people are expecting us to do. We can be someone we want to be as long as God approves it. If you know that God is pleased with what you are doing, continue doing it. If God supports you, enables you, and keeps on igniting the fire within you, continue making sense. There is nothing more satisfying than proving the world and its people that you can be greater than what they just think of you.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
– Matthew 5:16