Joel Osteen — A No Stick Anointing
I want to talk to you today about "A no stick anointing". In life, we all have to deal with negative comments, disrespect, and people that are critical. No matter how good of a person you are, somebody won't understand you. Somebody will make fun of you. Somebody will try to lessen your importance, maybe a co-worker.
It's not so much what they say but how they say it, always condescending, like you're not smart enough. Maybe it's a relative. They celebrate everyone in the family, but they would never give you one single compliment. Too often, we respond the wrong way. We get offended and we let that sour our day.
But psalm 45:7 says that: "God has anointed us with the oil of joy". When you're oiled up, nothing can stick to you. I call it a "No-stick anointing". That means when the disrespect comes, it doesn't have to attach itself. You can choose to either hold on to it and let it sour life or you can let it slide right off of you and not give it the time of day. That coworker that's talking behind your back, you could get in there and try to straighten them out.
No, when you have the no-stick anointing, you realize your time is too valuable. You are not who they say you are. You are who God says you are. That relative that leaves you out on purpose, you could be offended. You could let that change who you are. No, you're like a teflon pan, nothing can stick to you.
Somebody gossiping about you, no big deal. "God will fight my battles". Somebody talking about you, trying to make you look bad, that's all right. "God is my vindicator". That family member left you out again, tried to belittle you. "I'm not worried. What God lifts up, no person can push down".
We have a cooking product here in America called "Pam". It comes in an aerosol can and you spray it on a pan before you cook. That way, nothing will stick to it. Well, every morning before you leave the house, you need to spray on your pam, so to speak. "Father, thank you that nothing will stick to me today. No matter what people say, no matter what they do or don't do, I'm not going to be offended. I'm not going to get upset. I'm going to stay in peace and enjoy this day".
You have to make up your mind at the start of the day that nothing that comes your way is going to steal your joy. I read about this man and his friend. They were walking down the street to buy a newspaper early in the morning. When they got to the corner, the clerk in the little newsstand was very rude, very inconsiderate.
The man bought the paper and said as friendly as can be, "I hope you have a great day today". As they were leaving, the friend said, "Is the clerk always that rude"? The man said, "Every morning". He said, "Well, are you always that friendly"? He said, "Every single morning". The friend was kind of puzzled. He said, "Why"? He said, "Because I've made up my mind I'm not going to let one person ruin my day," and just like him, you've got to have a made-up mind.
You're not going to let one negative comment, one disrespectful coworker, one classmate that's making fun of you to ruin your day. No, decide ahead of time, "I'm going to spray my pam on before I leave. I've got this no-stick anointing. Any disrespect, any negative comments, going to slide ride off of me. Not going to give it the time of day".
One time in the scripture, this prophet was walking down the street with some of his men and this young man came out and started criticizing him, making these very negative, disrespectful comments, and as they continued to walk, this young man followed them and just kept pestering them, badgering them, very annoying. Finally, one of the men said to the prophet, "Do you want us to go shut that young man up? We are tired of listening to him".
The prophet made a very insightful comment. He said, "No, let him keep talking. Maybe God will hear him and bless me for it," and that's the attitude we should have. Somebody talking about you, trying to make you look bad? Don't get upset. Don't lose your cool. The more they talk, the more God's going to bless you. They're trying to push you down. God's going to use them to lift you up higher.
When I first started ministering back in 1999, some people made fun of me because I smile so much. I've been smiling my whole life. This is natural to me. My earliest baby picture, 6 months old, I got a big smile on my face, and you would think people would be glad that you're happy, but there will always be people that don't understand you, people that are critical, and you have to be strong enough in who God made you to be that you don't let these negative comments change who you are.
If you succumb to that pressure and you try to adapt to their comments, to fit into their mold, to please every person, all that's going to do is keep you from your destiny, and some people, they don't even know you. They've never spent time with you, never been to dinner together. They've never heard your heart, yet they've already judged you from a distance and decided what they don't like about you and what you need to change and what's wrong.
No, don't make the mistake of taking that personally. They don't even know you. They just work in the same office complex, or they just attend the same class. You just see them at the mall every once in a while. Don't let their opinion make you feel less about yourself. Your attitude should be, "You don't even know me. If you knew me, you would like me. If you knew me, you would want to be my friend".
And I heard these comments: "Joel smiles too much. He's so happy. What's wrong with him"? And I was new to all this, being in front of people, and I was kind of insecure, and my first thought was, "Maybe I need to change. Maybe I need to be more serious". Well, one day, I learned what I'm telling you. You're never going to please everyone. You might as well be who God made you to be, and I put on that no-stick anointing, let those negative comments slide right off of me, didn't give them the time of day.
Now, when people tell me I smile too much, I just smile even more. People will always find some reason to be critical. They'll always find something to make fun of you about, and if you're not secure and you dwell on these comments, it'll change who you are. But God made you like you are on purpose. God gave you your smile. Wear it well. God gave you your personality, your nationality, your looks, your style.
Quit worrying about what other people think and just be who God made you to be. If you will run your race, I can assure you, God will take care of your critics. You don't have to fit into their mold. You don't have to argue with them, try to convince them that you're okay. Just be who God made you to be, and God will take care of your enemies.