Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Haters," by Maya Angelou

Nikki, one of my sweet friends, just sent me this insightful message by Maya Angelou. Priscilla's and Aquila's Place is for us to receive refuge from those who would hate us because of Jesus. Angelou hits some points that were very encouraging to me today! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!



By Maya Angelou

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their
time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
good enough!

When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters...

That's why you have to be careful with whom you share your
blessings and your dreams, because some folk can't handle seeing
you blessed...

It's dangerous to be like somebody else... If God wanted you to be
like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they
don't know my story...

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you
can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We've all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with God
b) Light up a room when you walk in
c) Start your own business
d) Tell a man/woman to hit the curb
(if he/she isn't about the right thing)
e) Raise your children without both parents being
in the home

Haters can't stand to see you happy.
Haters will never want to see you succeed.
Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be
on our side.

How do you handle your undercover haters?
You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are

2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not
mean having a job. You can have a job and still be

A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.
Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.

3. By remembering what you have is by divine
prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live...when its your
time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say, 'I've lived my
life and fulfilled my dreams, Now I'm ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, 'Don't look at
me...Look at who is in charge of me...'

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man
should have to seek Him first to find her.'

Maya Angelou


  1. ..there are a couple of things i take issue with in this discourse...#1 is the 'US'/'THEM' mentality that it seems to foster with no mention of empathy.....#2 the lack of introsective self examination (just in case IM projecting an air of "haughtyness").........

  2. Good thoughts, Anonymous.

    You have a perspective and points that I had not considered.

    Thanks for the interesting comment -- certainly got me thinking!


  3. What a selection to post from Maya Angelou. She has always been one I LOVE to read. She has marvelous insight into all kinds of subjects. She writes from a lifetime of experiences. Take her advice on "Haters" to heart. For sure, she knows her way around all sorts of people. In her "celebrity world" she's dealt with ALL KINDS1