A friend of mine, Dan, told a seminar that leaders are generally in a lonely place, for they are embarking on new territory.
I'd have to say, good fortune rates right up there with leadership in a way. It doesn't come by easy nor frequently, therefore when it does happen, it can be a lonely place, for not many can relate. And when/if it does happen, generally one rejoices! Don't they?
I was working at a job yesterday and someone expressed their views on me recieving such a donation. Basically in a nutshell, they felt I was less than deserving of such a gift, that there were many others out there that needed this much more than I.
I have been fighting internally all week over the very same fact. That's why this blow was so unexpected and hard to take, especially from what I considered a friend. What he said is what I had felt. I wasn't worthy.
While I continued to work that day, one of the other workers approached me and commented on what a wonderful opportunity I had before me. Still stinging from the words of another, I was very reserved in my comments back. Yes indeed, it was incredible, but did I wish to be in the line of fire yet again? I was reluctant to comment but felt a need to say something.
"What do you make of what was said to me in front of everyone?"
He promptly recited a verse I can't remember because I was too shocked to take it in by his response, then said, "These kinds of things only happen by prayers being answered. This wasn't YOUR doing."
I thought for a moment, silent, and simply said, "Thank-you." He knew I meant much more. But I was very touched by his type of response, not just by what he said.
I suppose everyone is entitled to their views. I have some too! And I no doubt will run into other opinions that may hurt or not be to my liking. But I guess the moral to this story is, to just trust.