Overcoming Criticism

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:25

Overcoming Criticism

Who amongst us enjoys criticism? I know I don’t! In fact, even when criticism is constructive, it’s usually about as welcomed as an IRS audit.

But there’s something even worse than criticism: and that’s critical people. We all know someone like this. You know who I’m talking about, that person who meets every plan with some version of ‘That’s impossible!‘ It’s that person who challenges your enthusiasm or conviction to tackle a big project with a smirk or a head-wag.

But remember: nearly every advance, discovery, or act of courage is precipitated by criticism. There’s really only one sure way to avoid it: by doing nothing. And what kind of choice is that, especially for people of faith. If you expect to be praised you must be willing to be criticized.

– Steve Arterburn

There are high spots in all our lives, and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else. I don’t care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, he hungers for applause. – George Matthew Adams


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  1. Bob Wineland September 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Speaking to Steve’s point about doing nothing. What a concept.! It’s been about two weeks since a friend’s roommate became desponden,t and acted on it in the way we all don’t really want to talk about. Pastor Scott call it the “Oh no not that moment.”

    The young man’s father went by this friend’s house to pick up his son’s car. The boy’s father believed he was going to visit the morgue soon. A friend of the boy’s father was near when when he came by and noticed that the dad was crying under his breath. The next thing that happened was nothing. Crying uncontrollably the father became more aware of his surroundings. Thirty minutes later the boy’s dad opened his eyes and began to talk about his son in a positive way, smiling as he talked of when they did this or that together years ago. The boy lived. He not only lived but is receiving treatment and has a chance to turn his life around.

    Thank you Steve for pointing out an often missed form of consolation we used to call listening.

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