My younger daughter often comes to report what people say to her. She would say things like; “Daddy, Grace said I am this…, My friend in school said I am this and that…” She often feels deeply emotional when she makes such reports. As a father, I try to help her emotions by supplying her understanding. On one of those days, I told her; “Life is like a market. You need not pay attention to all the noises around. Just maintain focus.”

Friend, life is like a market. You would need to know what you want and where you are going if you want to make the best of your life, time, and journey (Acts 20:24). Listen, if you keep paying attention to all the noises; human or satanic, you would soon lose your sanity and stability. You should learn to pay attention to the right things and people (Philippians 4:8).

Just as wise people have to-do lists when they are to visit a big market, you also need to have your to-do lists if you would make your life count on earth (Philippians 3:12-14). You cannot allow yourself to get drawn into things that are not part of your to-do lists. Sadly, if you don’t have your plan, people already have plans for your life and time (John 6:15).

What noises are you going to shut out of your life this season (2 Kings 2:3)? Whose voice must you drown and whose voice must you amplifier? You need to drown the voice of mockers and haters and amplifier the voice of God and destiny. The wrong voices will keep you from the right voices (1 Samuel 17:26-30, 1 Corinthians 14:10).

What do you really want out of life? What you don’t define, you cannot find. The truth is, you have limited resources to do life and destiny on the earth (Ecclesiastes 10:10, 15). Your resources must be rightly allocated. Stop giving your time to people who don’t believe in you or in your vision. Stop responding to the critics when the right audience is waiting for you (Nehemiah 6:1-3). Don’t let others mock what God is using to make you.

A lot of times, what others call waste of time is a critical investment into the bank of your destiny. When Elisha was pouring water on the hands of Elijah, the other sons of the prophet must have said all kinds of things against him (2 Kings 3:11). They would have distracted him from the double portion of anointing waiting for him. But he maintained focus (2 Kings 2:9-15). Who is distracting you from what God has for you in destiny?

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria