Have you ever been super fired up and excited to start something new, and then a well-meaning friend or family member pours cold water on your flame?

It’s so discouraging. 

It might have been a business idea, ministry opportunity or even a change in your eating habits. All wonderful pursuits…and then you tell someone about it…

At the moment you decide to begin something new, expect the naysayers to show up. 

There’s nothing like that feeling when a well-meaning friend or family member reminds you of all the reasons why your idea is too risky, expensive, complicated or impossible. Maybe they even said you weren’t good enough. The intent may have been to protect you from disappointment… but before you can even get off the ground, you’ve been shot down. 

I have experienced it myself, in many different forms. But what I have found, is that if God has called me to it, he will pull me through it. And so I’ve learned to grow in holy confidence and say “no” to the naysayers.

I am reading through the book of Ezra this week, and I see the same parallels with the story of God’s people when they were called out of exile to rebuild the temple. In many ways, the calling made no sense, but they were obedient to the calling. The people were delayed for 18 years from the time God had called them to rebuild and they faced tremendous resistance, rejection and straight-up interference. 

“But the eye of their God was on the elders of the Jews.” (Ezra 5:5a)

When people are negative and criticize our calling, we don’t have to worry because:

  • When we are doing God’s work, He is with us. (Joshua 1:9)
  • When we are doing God’s work, He for us. (Zephaniah 3:17)
  • When we are doing God’s work, His favor is on us. (Psalm 5:12)

When the naysayers come out, filter what they say through the Truth of God. Scripture will always take you to the heart of God, the one who gave you the desire in the first place. 

If God said it, He’ll do it. If He says we have it, we do. If He says it’s possible, it is. 

God has His eye on you, sweet friend. So adjust that ponytail, refocus your plan and Just say ‘no’ to the naysayers. 


*excerpts from First 5 , by Proverbs 31 Ministries


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