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How to handle critics

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Fame is fleeting, glory is short and opinions are quick to change.

Most of us will have an up-close and personal experience with this truth at some time in our lives: the popular child who moves to a new school only to find himself rejected, the writer who wakes to find the rating on their latest book plummeted due to harsh on-line reviews, the reality television star who is suspended from his show for comments made in an interview, or the everyday woman whose friend turns against her.

Should your time come, remember that even Jesus experienced the pain of fickle opinions. He entered Jerusalem to lips singing his praises only to have them call for his public execution almost overnight. His heart must have ached to have been rejected, but still He knew the truth. His worth was not defined by any opinion of man. So it is with you.

While it is natural to enjoy praise never allow it to elevate your self-view, and be cautious about embracing criticism. What people think of you does not define you, only God can do that.

And in God, you are:

  • Wonderfully created-

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:11

  • Treasured and chosen-

The Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.
Deuteronomy 14:2

  • Delightfully celebrated-

He will take great delight in you…He will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

  • Cherished and adored-

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.
Jeremiah 31:3

Message for the Journey:

As a child of the King, it is not really your business what other people think of you, but it is always your business what God thinks of you. Look to Him to see the truth of who you are.

Ann Wilds

“Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant curse you.”

Ecclesiastes 7:21

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