I’m Steve Arterburn with a New Life Moment.
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.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.