4 Powerful Things Criticism Tells About You
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Author/Source: Sam Luce
Topic: Criticism, Growth, Leadership
Being the object of criticism can be discouraging and deflating. It can also be an opportunity for growth.
We all love to share our opinion. We love it when people ask what we think. Where we tend to have a hard time is when people share their opinion with us. Especially when that opinion is different than ours or when it is aimed at us specifically.
Everyone is a critic but no one likes to be criticized.
One of the best things we can do when others criticize you is to take a look at yourself and ask, "What does this criticism tell me about ME?" Here are some of the things that I have found in my life that criticism tells me about ME.
- It shows me the things in my life that I hold onto more tightly than I do Christ.—The things that matter to me more than anything else hurt far more when they are poked at by others.
- It reminds me that I need to care what others think about me but not how often they think about me. We need to care about others but not to the point that our identity and security is informed by what they think about us.
- It helps me find a joy that is real. It frees me from the need to be loved by others. Jesus said in Luke:
- Luke 6:26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets."
- Criticism allows me, to a small extent, to identify with Christ. He was rejected by God and man for us. He was separated from his Father so we never have to be. The problem with most of us is that we exchange the beauty and honor of partaking in even a small portion of the sufferings Christ experienced on our behalf for the comfort and the opinions of man.
- 1 Peter 4:12-14 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you."