Constructive Criticism is a double edged sword. On one side it cuts and cleanses and challenges us to be better. On the other side it cuts and creates confusion. We must choose to learn from the comments people feel they must share with us. We must choose to dismiss the cutting and inaccurate assumptions that can cut deeply and wound our souls.
STAY THE COURSE. FIGHT the FIGHT. CARRY ON! Look to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith. Remember that He who started the good work in you will be faithful to complete it in you.
Most of us feel misunderstood at times. It is frustrating to hear the criticisms from the past that seemingly or rarely are let go of because of the unfortunate mistakes that we have made in the days of our developing leadership. DON’T QUIT. We need you in the race!
Don’t let others define you, Jesus has already done that!
Let’s be careful to criticize others. Let’s rather build them up and show them value.
The Word of the Lord helps:
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. Proverbs 15:1-2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. Proverbs 13:18
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:4, 13, 19
YOU are VALUED! YOU are LOVED! YOU are a CHOICE Servant of the MOST HIGH GOD!
God is more concerned about where you are going than where you have been. HE let’s you move on. He remembers your former sins or misgivings NO MORE! Hang on to that TRUTH.
Don’t become disabled. ENGAGE…..the VICTORY is yours! 2015 is gonna rock and you are the ROCK STAR that God has placed on the stage of those who journey with you!