Chapter 35: Don't Let the Critics Win
As Kelly says:
"THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS, BUT WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO ALLOW THEIR VOICES TOO MUCH SPACE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS."
How much space to we allow those critics? How much control do we let them have? Someone will always be critical of everything you do - but that should not affect whether you do it. There are other factors you need to take into account - is this a good thing - for me - for others? is this something God is calling me to? do my trusted inner circle of people agree with me in doing this?
Critics are given lots of control in our lives and can definitely encourage us right into resistance! If I would have listened to the critics of my past I would certainly not be here today! I probably wouldn't have finished high school or college. Critics are powerful, but God is even more powerful and when we are listening to Him we can overcome any resistance! I think our attitude in recieivng critics in our life is important too, if I let the critics have power I become powerless, but if I allow the voice of the critic to just be feedback that I can assess then I can get rid of that which is not helpful, while using those things that can help me to become a better person.
Who are the critics in your life? What can you change within you to keep them as a small quiet voice in your life?
Now, consider the opposite - are you a critic for others? How do you add to their resistance of doing good things in life? How can we lift up one another rather than push each other down?