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Day 56 How to Lead by THE BOOK: How to Handle Your Opposition!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

One of the most common laments I hear from successful people is that the individuals they thought would be happy for them when they became successful were not! In fact, the success they earned often resulted in resentment, envy, and bitterness that strained their relationships. One would hope that their success would inspire others to dig deeper and try harder. But human beings are odd creatures in this regard. Not only are they not likely to rejoice for you when you do well, they decide that rather than try to “keep up with the Jones'”,  it’s easier on them to talk you out of your success, or diminish what you did in an effort to reduce you to their level. After all, they don’t want you to make them look bad! And rather than work to build their own foundation, it’s more appealing to them to tear yours down!

There are even occasions when your accomplishments will actually stiffen your opposition and strengthen the coalitions against you. In fact, this is exactly what happened to Jesus after He raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus had been dead for four days. When Jesus called him from his tomb and he walked out of it alive and well, it was clearly a miracle. But John 11 relates how, while many believed in Him after this miracle, the religious leaders most threatened by Jesus’ success and popularity circled the wagons and began to plot how to kill Him. If it happened to Jesus, it can happen to you.

What can you do when others plot or rally against you because of your success? I’ll cover strategies for this in, How to Lead by THE BOOK. While I don’t have the space to delve too deeply into the topic here, let me present the “short answer”. You can’t do much about it,  so don’t! You cannot control the whims or plots of others. What you can control is your own behavior, attitude, and character choices. Continue to do what is right and let God handle the rest. Claim Psalms 62:6 as your defense: He only is my rock and salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.