Never judge a person because of their present station in life – believing that it will be their permanent residence.
Oftentimes, people conclude that a person’s mistake sentences them to failure for the rest of their lives. As a result, they become critics commentating on the severity of the person’s error and ultimate doom.
For example, people have already made a judgment call on Kobe Bryant based on negative media reports. Does it ever dawn on them that the majority of what they hear from others (or the media) is usually second, third, or even tenth generation information?
The simple truth is that you cannot rely on this kind of information to make a fair and reasonable assessment of a person’s character or future.
Nineteen years ago, I went through a divorce that devastated me both personally and financially. I looked as though I was down for the count and would never recover; but God had other things in mind.
I strongly believe that God was the key component that helped me recover. Not only did I recover – far exceeding my previous financial position – I gained a wonderful wife and a healthy God and personal esteem.
Those who watched on the sidelines, negatively commentating on my every move, can now conclude this: If a man gets up from his failures, he lives to fight another day.
Continue to fight your way through the negative debris of words aimed at your self-esteem.
Your critics would love nothing more than for you to stay down; so that their self-proclaimed prophecy will come to pass. Get up. But, do not aim at proving them wrong, they are not worth the time or energy.
Instead, prove to yourself that you can recover, and ask God to help you. With God, all things are possible.