“ TO BE GREAT IS TO BE MISUNDERSTOOD.”  - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Being great in this world is not easily achieved nor is it easily understood. People who achieve great things stand out, are noticed, and often become well known for their accomplishments. Success invites attention and scrutiny for which the accomplished must be prepared for and willing to endure.

Those who are deemed “great” tend to think outside the box, are frequently ahead of the times and are willing to go it alone. True greatness is also accompanied by wisdom which can never be found apart from God.

 
Many kings, presidents, inventors, athletes, preachers, politicians, doctors, businessmen, entertainers, and a myriad of other folks wearing different titles have been extolled as great men or women. In their journey to “greatness” they all had to learn an important lesson along the way…that they were being misunderstood. They needed a tough skin and a determination to make their mark in the midst of the loud chatter from the sidelines.

Are you attempting something great?  You are to be commended but also beware. Criticism comes with the territory. Be ready for it but do not shrink from it. In fact, welcome it…embrace it….the truly great ones always have.

Proverbs 2: 10-12

When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the ways of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;