People will cheer for you when you do what they want you to do, especially if what you are doing is trendy. They have no loyalty to you, but to that thing they want. Understand THAT.
Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man. —John 2:23-25
Recently I had the blessing to be placed in a situation that confirmed my spiritual growth. Progress makes me happy! My change in perception provided me with spiritual protection. I was able to see the attacks thrown at me fall by the wayside. If I did not respect the opposition, I would have laughed. I do respect the opposition, however, so I stood firm and discerned. Are you at that place—the place where people can cheer or disrespect you and you receive it in the same way? It would be nice to think that I am there consistently, but my truth is that I am not (there yet). I do see much maturity though. Life continues to present opportunities which enable me to measure my development. Noting, these experiences are important.
A few days ago, I complimented a man’s temperament. I have watched him over a course of time sit calmly when disrespected and when complimented. I do not know what he is experiencing internally, but his outward disposition never seems to change. He is smooth and I appreciate his example of leadership. He exemplifies traits all great leaders have. He understands the purpose and importance of his role. He is clear concerning his assigned mission and committed to its completion. In addition, he discerns the operation of people. Sounds easy right? Of course it does, but it requires a lot of discipline.
Smiling, I see progress…but I still have work to do.