How often do we find ourselves in a situation like many people we have criticized? Our inner-self speaks to us to do something new in life, and we boldly step out in faith into the unknown. But when our prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling, we feel abandoned, scared, and helpless. We grasp for the familiar. Dale Carnegie said that “any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”
Over the years, I have learned that the difficult parts of being criticized are most often where faith lives. All the things I say without sincerity, in change I have to live out. Most of us go kicking and screaming instead of moving into it with assuredness that our faith will see us to the other side. If you’ve been struggling with feeling criticized, it may help to think of your faith and your love for others as you push through the difficult parts. You’ll discover that there is strength and support in faith and it is entirely, wonderfully, amazingly great.
In spite of criticism from choosing a path to travel, you must find the courage and willingness to walk through it. Even though it might place you in the line of fire for criticism, you’ll have to stand by your decision knowing that you won’t walk alone. John Wooden said “you can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
Whatever you’re facing, remember to never give up, never give up, never give up!
By Chaplain Ghosten