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Current Sermon Series:
“The Miracles of Christ in the Gospel of John”
July 27th: “Healing a Man Born Blind”
Read John 9:1-41. Please join us at 10:45 AM.
Each Sunday there is a children's program for children K through 5th grade. It is from 6 to 7 PM.
Senior's Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
Fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - Our Clothes Closet is open to the community.
How to Handle Criticism
Criticism is not something easy to handle or bear. I don’t think anyone really likes criticism. If it were up to us, we would never be criticized. Yet, criticism is a part of life, and it’s a part of life especially if you are a leader. I believe that is one reason why so few people are willing to become leaders: they don’t want to face criticism. I know as a pastor that I face criticism at times. Some of it is petty and some is not. But I face it nevertheless. We all do as leaders. So it’s imperative that we learn how to handle it. Here are a few tips that might help.
First, remember that criticism is inevitable. If you think that you can be a leader and not face criticism, you’re kidding yourself. You can be the best leader in the world and always do what is right, and yet you will still face criticism from someone. Some people are just chronic complainers. They will find something to criticize no matter how well things are going. So you might as well accept it that criticism just goes with the territory. The sooner you accept this fact the better. And once you do, you won’t allow some cantankerous person to hold your joy and peace of mind hostage. The truth is if you can’t be happy unless everyone you lead is happy, then you probably won’t be happy all that much. We have to learn to have joy in spite of the criticism. That’s real maturity.
Second, realize that some criticism is helpful. Not all criticism is bad. There is such a thing as constructive criticism. This type of criticism is meant to make us a better person and a more effective leader. When I get criticized, I consider three things: the source, the spirit, and the substance of what was said. I consider the source. Who is the person criticizing me? Is it someone who is always negative or is it a friend? Is it someone that I know has my best interests at heart? I also consider the spirit. What spirit did they demonstrate when they brought the criticism to me? Some people just bark at you and are mean about what they say. They need to learn to be gentle and kind though forthright at the same time. Last I consider the substance. What did they say? Is it true? If it is, then I need to change. It may hurt but in the long run it will only make me a better person. By the way, the danger of not accepting constructive criticism is that you isolate yourself from everyone except those who tell you what you want to hear, and that is pretty dangerous.
Last, release negative criticism into God’s hands. I know this is hard. Sometimes it’s hard to sleep at night because of harsh, unwarranted criticism. But we must learn to place both the criticism and the person who brought it into God’s hands. Some people have an easier time doing this than others. Some people aren’t as affected by what people think about them, yet others are. If you are, then you must learn to be more affected by what God thinks about you. Here’s what I do. When criticism bothers me, I see if it’s accurate. If it is, I try to change. If it’s not, I give it to God and know that he accepts me for who I am and loves me as I continue to grow and become more like Jesus. The assurance of God’s unconditional love is the secret to overcoming unwarranted criticism. Trust in that love today and you will be free.
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.