Well guys I made it.
I officially have a hater.
I rarely focus on the so-called haters mostly because I didn't think anyone cared enough about me to actually hate/hate on me. Well, I was wrong. Someone admitted that they hate me.
I was talking to a friend about the reasons this person hated me and I said something to the effect of "I don't have it in me to hold on to something for that long." Her response sounded like, "Jasmine, you have other things going on in your life." She was right, I don't have enough energy to hate someone. With all of the things I juggle, hating someone is nowhere near the top of the list.
But of course, I'm not sinless in this...
The Lord has been checking me more and more about saying, "I don't like Mr. A or Mrs. B." Usually, I'm saying this about a reality show personality or some random person that rubbed me the wrong way at the grocery store. God without fail will remind me, "you don't know them." God is always right if we allow him to be. So why don't I like the broken part of them they show on TV? It's none of my business. As I grow in the Lord, he's showing me more and more what I should spend my energy on. What matters when I'm building my business and more importantly his kingdom? Should the life of someone I don't know take up my mental space? I don't believe so. I think I should focus my time and effort on bringing new ideas to the world and being a blessing to people rather than proclaiming my dislike for them.
Paul reminds the church at Philippi: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
I want to do this in my next season of life. I want to focus on true, honorable, just, pure things. These are the things that will give me life and add energy to my day.
God is good y'all!