It's Okay to be Misunderstood
Hello Ladies!! I pray that you all are doing well. I hope that you were able to tune in on Sunday at 4pm for the live discussion on our new series for the month of August: Fight 4 Purpose!
Today, I want to deal with the topic: "It's okay to be Misunderstood." The first blog in this series talked about the first step is to say YES to your purpose. Now, this next topic is important for after you say YES. As you begin to pursue your purpose, you must understand that it does not mean that everyone will see what you see or believe what you believe. People will question your methods, your choices, and your reasons, but you cannot be discouraged or intimidated. Instead, you have to place your focus on what God has revealed to you and go after it with all your heart.
Misunderstand- to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
Did you know when abstract art was first created it was rejected. It did not follow the patterns, rules, and guidelines that deemed beautiful or spectacular pieces of art. However, abstract art later became accepted because people later understood that art could be based on interpretation, provide a feeling or mood, and challenge someone to think out side of the lines. The goal was more to achieve an effect on the observer rather than pain a "pretty" picture. When you look at this piece of art what do you see? How do you feel? I am sure that if I polled you and other readers, everyone's response will be different.
Our Purpose is like abstract art at times. People don't understand it at first. At the beginning, they may reject what you are doing. Then, they may see your product and talk about how it does not go along with everything else they have seen. However, hopefully in the end, they will see and appreciate the effects that stemmed from you walking in your purpose and want to support rather than reject: the lives that were changed, the people that were healed, the individuals who received hope.
I believe that God is more abstract than many people realize. Think about Jesus. Jesus did not fit in the lines. He did not follow a certain pattern, which was great because he was able to save the rejected. My God!!! I am so glad that God said, it's about faith and relationship over all else. He said I will take the yielded individual and use them with their gifts, talents, and calling. Thank God!!!
Look at Saul of the New Testament
- Saul was a murder and persecutor of Christians. He fought against those who followed Christ. However, in Acts 9, he had an encounter with God during his travels. Then, he is completely changed. He becomes a radical believer, and he is called to win the gentiles (the outsiders) to Christ. Unfortunately, did you know that at first the disciples rejected Saul? People had a hard time believing that he had really changed. Acts 9:26,"When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple." Nevertheless, Saul, who later refereed to as Paul went on declaring the good news of Christ, and eventually, the disciples accepted him. With the help of the Holy Spirit, he had a big effect wherever he traveled for the Kingdom of God. He wrote most of the new testament books, which we learn so much about the grace of God and being adopted into His family.
Now, your story may not be that people don't want to believe that you are really a Christ follower or someone truly submitted to God through faith in Jesus Christ, but like Paul, you cannot let your purpose die because someone has not yet understood. Your purpose is alive as long as you continue to believe that God has an assignment on your life. Nevertheless, I know it hurts when people misunderstand you and say the wrong things. It hurts when people don't support you or encourage you to keep going. It hurts when it seems like your dream will never reach the desired potential. However, you have to fix your eyes on God. Philippians 1:6, "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." God is doing something wonderful in you! You are called to make an impact. Your community needs you, your family needs you, and this nation needs you, and me.
Misunderstanding now is Revelation later.