Written by – Kim Johnson – Author of I Am My Sister (Women Helping Women)
Sisters… Knowing who you are is as essential to living, as breathing is to your very existence. When we know who we are, we don’t allow the opinion of others to influence us or define who we are. In that matter, neither do we allow negative views from people to interfere with the dreams or visions that God lays on our heart.
One of the things I have had to learn the hard way is, keeping the visions and dreams that God gives me, to myself. I have also learned that, not everyone smiling at me is really happy for me. Shucks! I have shared things in my excitement (in the past), that I wish I hadn’t. I have had people tell me, “it won’t work,” or question if I have the time, or tell me that I should charge people, as well as, suggest that I simply shouldn’t waste my time; they have even gone as far as to ask me, if I were sure that I heard it from God.” I used to get downhearted and confused on what I should actually do. And even stupidly, sometimes changed my mind, and did what they suggested.
However, today, I march to the God beat. I realize now, that when God gives me a vision, that vision is for me alone, and that other people may not understand it, or see it. In the bible, Moses tells the story of Jacob’s son Joseph, who was a dreamer and how he was sold into slavery (out of jealousy) shortly after he shared his dream with his brothers (Genesis 37:1-35, pg. 46).
In one of my bibles, Pastors Charles Stanley breaks down that scripture into laymen terms, which I’m grateful for, because I was able to get his translation down into my gut. Stanley wrote, “When God reveals His will to you, others may not understand what He is doing and may criticize or oppose you because of it. However, obey Him anyway. The trials you go through may be difficult, but they are necessary to mold you into the person God wants you to be. And like Joseph, you will be able to say to those who are against you, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive (Gen. 50:20, pg. 50).
I guess, what I am trying to say sisters is this, God say’s you are a masterpiece. You are beautiful and wonderfully made by Him. When God lays a dream or vision in your heart, go for it and have no fear or worries! God got you.
Sister to Sister, do you hear me! Do you know who you are? Are you doing what God wants you to do?
Stanley, C. (2009). Life Principles. La Habra, CA: New American Standard Bible.