By: Susan Bea Good
“Not qualified, talk too much, make the point too strongly, shouldn’t feel so deeply, stay out of it, turn the other cheek, it’s not your fight, be nice….these are comments that may stifle the spirit of one who is called to stand for something.
Years ago I was stopped for speeding…45 in a 35 zone. Receiving an $80 fine and 1 point on my driver’s license taught me a lesson, don’t speed through Sparta, Michigan!
Many have tried to “teach me a lesson” of a different sort…summed up in one command…“Don’t!” Basically, don’t think, don’t speak, don’t do anything that makes anyone uncomfortable! No action-taking on important issues anywhere, anytime!
That speeding ticket “criticized” my driving…now I am uncomfortable whenever I travel through that city.
Criticism is uncomfortable.
I had a precious friend, Claudia Moore, a bold Texan, who went to Bolivia as a missionary for 25 years. She had a very special skill…one that I would like, but have not yet acquired. Claudia seemed to be unaffected by criticism. She received a lot of it!…as a person who thought, spoke and acted on her convictions. She adopted an orphan as a single woman…criticism for that went on for decades. My friend went to heaven three years ago, after a long fight started by melanoma.
Another, often criticized, friend recently posted this quote from Pastor Alfred Poeri: “In light of God’s judgment and justification of the sinner on the cross of Christ, we can begin to discover how to deal with any and all kinds of criticism. By agreeing with God’s criticism of me in Christ’s cross, I can face any criticism man may lay against me. In other words, no one can criticize me more than the cross has.”
Critics believe they know enough to make their judgments…they will never stop…unless you stop!
Only One is qualified to criticize…His is good and corrective…for our benefit…and never destructive!
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it!