Jeremiah Johnson wrote this article published in Charisma Magazine. This is a profound word for anyone who is a pioneering-type. Read this and be encouraged, challenged, and strengthened!
Pioneers, in order to deliver you from the praise of men, God will baptize you in their criticisms and attacks. It is painful. You will lose many friendships along the way, and the misunderstandings will be many. You will pay a price that most around you will never see or understand. You are speaking a language of reform and awakening that many in the body of Christ don’t have an eye or ear for yet. Do not grow discouraged, and most of all, do not be surprised when the attacks and criticisms come. Rather than rushing to defend or explain yourself, my advice would be to go before the Lord and ask Him, “What inside me are you exposing through the accusation and attacks of others that needs to die?”