Greatness requires isolation so that there won’t be any contamination! ~Shamieka Dean~
I wrote this quote about a year or so ago! It was during a season where I was emotionally unstable! I was going through friendships like I changed clothes! I began to reflect over my life and realized I never had a lot of friends. Every group I hung with, I felt out of place. Amongst my siblings, I felt out of place. I felt lonely and as if no one ever really understood me. It was such a lonely road. I cried my eyes out one night, as I scrolled through Facebook seeing people go on trips, shopping or just hanging out with their girls or their bff. I wanted that. I couldn’t understand what it was about me that didn’t have those types of relationship.
I saw this pattern being repeated in my children’s lives! It was hurtful that my children wanted friends and didn’t have them. I began to feel guilty! I asked God “Am I teaching my kids this unhealthy pattern of isolation?” God spoke this quote to me “Greatness requires isolation to prevent contamination!” Then he reminded me of an incident at one of my old jobs. I had become very close with this one young lady. Suddenly things began to dwindle. There wasn’t any argument or disagreement but we started to drift apart. We were cordial but the closeness was no longer there. One day she came to me with tears in her eyes. She said “I didn’t understand what was happening to us. Part of me was mad because I knew I hadn’t done anything to you but our friendship started to change. So I asked God what was wrong and he told me “You can’t remain close to her because you’ll hinder her.” She said “I see the anointing on your life and I will be a hinderance to it because I’m not where you are spiritually and I’m going to the level you’re going to. It hurts because I know you’re a good person and a true friend. I still love you and will support what you do but Shamieka you’re going places. I just can’t wait to see it manifest.”
Every great person made great sacrifices and one of those sacrifices is the willingness to walk alone if you have to! 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” You can’t be attached to just anybody because of who God has called you to be! God is protecting you from anything that may hinder you from being GREAT! I’m not saying the people are bad, but if they will hinder what God is doing in your life the Relationship will end!
You can’t be great fitting in with the crowd! You can’t impact the masses if you’re not willing to rise above! You can’t make a difference if you’re not willing to endure being misjudged, criticized and misunderstood!
You will have very few friends because God will not risk you being contaminated! Many will come and go from your life! They will have a specific purpose but most of your relationships will be temporary! Don’t allow this to scare you! Let this encourage you because you’re going to a place many can’t go! You’re on the path to making your mark in this world! It’s all a part of your purpose! Isolation is a necessary ingredient for greatness! Don’t despise your isolation! Thank God for your process to elevation! ~Shamieka Dean~