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Check out this recent post by Seth Godin.

“Don’t take it personally.”

This is tough advice. Am I supposed to take it like a chair? Sometimes it seems as though the only way to take it is personally. That customer who doesn’t like your product (your best work) or that running buddy who doesn’t want to run with you any longer…

Here’s the thing: it’s never personal. It’s never about you. How could it be? That person doesn’t truly know you, understand what you want or hear the voices in your head. All they know is themselves.

When someone moves on, when she walks away or even badmouths you or your work, it’s not personal about you. It’s personal about her. Her agenda, her decisions, her story.

Do your work, the best way you know how. Is there any other option?


I told him not to take it personally...and then I stole his sucker!

I think there is something very Biblical here when applied to the context of ministry.  Not everyone is going to want to be ministered to.  Some people will even refuse love and generosity out of their own pride or selfishness.  This is okay! 

When people reject what you are doing, just move on and continue to love them.  This is what Christ did.  This is what Christ taught.  Matthew 10:14 And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.  This is Jesus’ way of saying, “Get over it, move on, and do something productive.”

Hey, don’t take it personally