Monday, March 22, 2010

What About Your Friends?

At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!" Luke 1: 39-45

What a wonderful welcome!

Right after the angel Gabriel dropped that heavy news on Mary she rushed immediately to Zechariah’s home to see his wife Elizabeth. The first things out of Elizabeth’s mouth were words of congratulations and encouragement.

Being in good company is so very important.

We have already talked about protecting our dreams but can you remember the times where you have told your dreams to the right person? It’s such a wonderful thing!

Now as a point of clarification… the “right” person isn’t the one who will always agree with you. On the contrary, they are the people who will keep it real with you. But if your dream is in line with your purpose, and they have the faith to pursue their dreams as well, then these are the folks who will encourage you like no other.

Not everyone that you know and love will understand what you are doing. And that’s fine. Robert Kiyosaki talks about this in Rich Dad, Poor Dad. He had two “dads” that he looked up to. One had a rich mentality and a poor mentality. At the age of 9 he decided to listen to his rich dad when it came to money. It’s not that he didn’t respect his poor dad any less than his rich dad… he just made a conscious decision to go to his poor dad when he needed leadership in regards to his finances.

These are the kinds of decisions we have to make with the people in our lives. In the same way that we wouldn’t go to a mechanic to get our taxes done, we have to think critically about with whom we choose to share our dreams.

I first started learning this lesson from TLC. They made me think about my friends. Would they stand their ground? Would they let me down? Would they be around?

These are all very important questions to ask.

Now I know that, yes, I have friends that are willing to do this for me and I for them, but when it comes to our dreams… gotta make sure that we include the folks who will help blow wind in our sails, not poke holes in them.

We have to be able to distinguish our Elizabeths from our Zecharaiahs.

Perhaps that’s why Gabriel shut his mouth for nine months. God couldn’t have any naysayers around his women of purpose.

That would not be a good look.

Today’s Reading: Joshua 10-12: Luke 1:39-56

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