There was a vicious bark coming from around the corner. Every time my friends and I would make that turn on our morning run it would startle us and then we would remember that the bark was behind a fence! This can be a portrait of what negative people are like in our lives, all bark and no bite. I love the verse in Philippians 3:2 in the message translation, Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all bark and no bite. All they’re interested in is appearances—knife-happy circumcisers, I call them. The real believers are the ones the Spirit of God leads to work away at this ministry, filling the air with Christ’s praise as we do it. I love this because even Paul talked about negative people in the Bible! It doesn’t matter if your CEO of your company or in the PTO, we all deal with those negative critics in our life and sometimes even in our own family. When you read throughout the bible you can see that negative people is actually quite common. The thing you will can take note of is that the critics aren’t around when the dream shows up in your heart, they show up when you start to pursue that dream. Most critics are only critical because it’s an area that they wish they had. If someone is critical of your job, it’s because they aren’t happy in theirs. Maybe they are critical of your marriage, chances are it’s because they aren’t in a good place in theirs. The list goes on! They will always want to stop you on your journey and make you question your strength and ability. You see, you and God are an unstoppable pair and they know that. If you ever want an indicator of where you are going in your life just take a moment and listen to what the critics are saying.

Friend, just like Paul tells us in Philippians, it’s time to stop listening to the barking dogs, just run your race and let God show you what you are qualified to do! Cheering you on!