We just had the BFDC National Conference and it was a huge success! Everything went according to plan, the speakers were amazing, and the attendees had fun. Personally, I was re-elected and even received an award I wasn’t expecting, so you’d think I’d be happy… but I wasn’t. Immediately following the conference all I could think about were the people who weren’t happy with me, the people who had ulterior motives within BFDC, and the people who I knew were hoping the conference would fail because they want to see me fail.
The few people I trusted enough to tell how I was feeling encouraged me and reminded me of the “penalty of leadership”. When I asked my mom “why would someone pay money to come to a conference if they think it’s going to be terrible?” she so wisely asked me, “how are they going to be able to go back and talk about you and the conference if they aren’t there to see it?” I guess that’s true…
The day after the conference I was up getting dressed to meet with the hotel staff and say all my thank yous and I heard in my Spirit the simple words, “it’s not easy, do it anyway.” The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith… do it anyway:
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
With this (and sometimes the negativity) in mind, I’ll continue to be obedient to God’s call and do it all anyway. I hope you will do your good “anyway” too 🙂