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The first and best thing we can do to protect our efforts is to prevent negative influences from even being around us to begin with. You’ll need to balance both tightening and growing your inner circle. Some current relationships will need to be adjusted, and new ones will need to be cultivated. Chances are if you’re like most of us, you have a mix of people in your life. There are people who are steadfast encouragers, people who you share large parts of your daily life with, people who are difficult to be around, and most likely a person or two who has serious issues and a tendency to create negative outcomes. If you’re like most of us you probably love all of them despite the challenges they bring to your life. While you will need to make adjustments in some of these relationships, it’s not likely you’ll need to actually cut anybody out of your life completely. Perhaps you will, and only you can decide that for yourself. If the problems aren’t fixable, if healthy dynamics aren’t possible, if the impact on you is destructive, don’t despair. God never removes a person who injects poison into our lives, without replacing them with someone who holds healing power for us.

At worst, a few people may go so far as to erect fences around us to keep us locked within their world. If we didn’t agree to the fence, opposed it, or tried to climb over it, some will go so far as electrifying the fence to keep us within its confines. This may keep us trapped temporarily. But the beautiful thing about pursuing your destiny is that you will progressively lift yourself up until a day comes when you’ll just naturally rise up out of that circumstance and be free. Many of us had had barriers we’ve needed to overcome. But it’s crucial to remember that you are not alone. Don’t abandon hope. Keep moving in the direction God is calling you to and your problems will eventually be resolved. Your problems don’t need to be your focus right now, your destiny does. Do what you can, and let God handle the rest.

At the same time, I am certainly not recommending that you stomp around declaring people unfit for your life. Do what you need to do to make your destiny your reality. You don’t want to look back at the end of your life and regret giving up your destiny for someone who had a problem with it. You also don’t want to regret tossing someone overboard who still could have played a positive role in your life. You are the sole expert on the relationships in your life and what needs to be done to improve them. The point is that your destiny doesn’t need to be adjusted to please other people. Relationships need to be adjusted to protect your destiny.

Until next time, I’ll be praying for you to grab negativity by the horns and banish it from your life!