How to deal with Critics

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Decide how you’re going to deal with critics right now. They will not back down, they will not stop existing just because we think they suck. Make a decision right now. 

Among some of the top critics I had was the well meaning newspaper editor who told me I wasn’t up to part and I needed to do something else with my life. I kindly thanked him for the opportunity and went on to work at a newspaper with a circulation way above the place where he worked. I decided to listen to that critic but run that criticism by my journalism mentor. My mentor is someone who knows the real me and my potential. My mentor encouraged me to dream higher and dreaming I did. Thanks to God for the voices of wisdom around us when we need them the most. 

Critics are readily available. They can be found online and offline. Every area of your life is up for scrutiny. Decide right now how you’re going to deal with critics. I want to urge you to make this decision because if humans are like magnets to criticism, the way to shield yourself from that attraction is to know who you are in Christ Jesus. 

You see, that man pretty much tried to tell me who I was but thank God for the voice of wisdom who intervened when I needed the most. Voices of wisdom reminds us of who we really are in Christ. I often get criticism (direct or indirect) about other areas of my life. My way of shielding myself is to stand behind my identity in Christ. 

All that jealousy, the hurt and insecurity that critics are projecting fall apart when I am assured of who my Heavenly Father is and who He created me to be. The more I’m in communion with God, the less those wounding words matter. 

My friend, I urge you to decide how you’re going to deal with your critics right now by dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty God who knows the intimate truth about you. He knows how beautifully and wonderfully made you are. Get your emotions on His side.