The following post is from notes I took on a sermon by Joel Osteen on June 24, 2012 called, “Run Your Race”
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a right to their opinion. I have a right not to listen to their opinion. A man fell into a pit. Different people came along with their opinion.
The Pharisee said, “You deserve to be in the pit.” The Catholic said, “You need to suffer while in the pit.”
The baptist sad, “If you’d got saved you wouldn’t have fallen in the pit.” The Charismatic said, “Just confess, ‘I’m not in the pit.”
The mathematician said, “Let me calculate how you fell in the pit.” The IRS agent said, “Have you paid taxes on that pit?”
The Optimist said, “Things could be worse.” The pessimist said, “They will get worse.”
If you try to please every person, the one person that will not be happy is you. If something doesn’t bear witness with your spirit, you have a boldness to say, “Thanks, but no thanks. I love you and I appreciate your advice but this time, it’s not for me.” Most people who try to run your life, can’t even run their own life.
Don’t share your dreams with other people, they won’t understand. Joseph told his dreams and had problems. Mary pondered in her heart. Keep them in your heart. When the time is right, God will help you give birth to every dream He’s given you. You don’t need other’s approval, you have God’s approval.
Stay focused! If you’ll decide you’re going to run your race, then God will get you to where you’re supposed to be. You will overcome every obstacle and accomplish every God given dream in Jesus’ name!