Everyone's a Critic
"You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues," (Psalm 31:20, NKJV).
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, one of the largest churches in America, made a great statement regarding success and church growth when he said, "When you're small, they'll dismiss you; when you're growing, they'll criticize you; and when you're large, they'll resent you. So, …ignore 'them' and get on with whatever God has told you to do!"
Brilliant! He would definitely be an expert on the topic! We can concur; we've experienced our share of dismissals, resentment and criticisms at every stage of our church growth. Some comments are so ridiculous they're almost comical and others are so mean-spirited they are hurtful. At the end of the day, we've had to "...ignore 'them' and get on with whatever God has told us to do."
The reality is—there will always be critics. Jesus was criticized and we will be, too. If you've gotten flack for: your walk with the Lord, the smile on your face, favor at your job, a growing business, a successful ministry, the car you drive, your family vacation, the house you live in, your new boat or any other blessings that have come your way—consider it a compliment!
The best thing to do when people dismiss, resent or criticize you is take it in stride, walk in love and keep following the Lord. "Ignore 'them' and get on with whatever God has told you to do."
And…consider the source! What motivates people to be so dismissive, resentful or critical of others? The Devil. Insecurity. Loneliness. Jealousy. Envy. Ignorance. Fear. Resentment. Bitterness. Unforgiveness. Selfishness. Hatred. Anger. Life for the critic is tormenting.
Fortunately, God doesn't allow us to hear most comments; instead He hides us in His presence from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20 is a great verse: "You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues."
So, don't worry about the naysayers! On the contrary, allow God's love to fill your heart and bless others! Celebrate their success. Rejoice in their blessings. Cheer them on to even greater things! And always remember to "…ignore 'them' and get on with whatever God has told you to do."
Say It: “Father, I am so glad that You hide me in Your secret place, away from the strife of people's tongues. I won't be moved by those who dismiss me, resent me and criticize me. I will ignore 'them' and get on with what You have told me to do. I will celebrate the success of others and cheer them on to greater things! In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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