The world is full of 'experts' who can sort out everyone's problems. Jesus had strong words about them. 'Do not be called "Rabbi"; for One is your teacher, the Christ...And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in Heaven' (Matthew 23:8-9 NKJ).
When you're surrounded by a hundred so-called experts criticising your every move, take a step back and think - who gave them the authority? If God has given you a dream, or is working in your life, or is giving you hope for a future, don't let the scoffers ruin it. (Read Nehemiah's story for details... it's in... the book of Nehemiah...) Don't allow the spectators to talk you out of it or tell you how to do it. Only take advice from people you trust who have been there and done it! Scripture says, 'Judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God' (1 Corinthians 4:5 NIV). Listen to people you trust. Don't feed the trolls.
So what now? Seek out a mentor you can trust to spur you on. Got one? Good. Invite them to ask you some challenging questions, and to show you encouragement from the heart of God.
SoulFood: Col 1-2, Luke 20:41-47, Ps 78:1-8, Pr 23:19-21
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd