When Others Criticize You
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.“ Albert Einstein
When you live your life as unto the Lord and are enjoying the life that the Lord has blessed you with, you will be criticized. I believe that is what Einstein was talking about. People who create the life they have dreamed of are great spirits. They are great spirits because they have dreamed the dream, believed they could accomplish things, and dared to make that life happen. They have set themselves apart from most of society (the mediocre minds) and made something glorious happen. This, by the way, will really bother those who have chosen mediocrity.
Mediocre people will be intimidated by God’s blessing upon your life. This is because too many people live in a world steeped in fear and an unwillingness to do that which is right. People have a fear of themselves. They are afraid they cannot do well or live right; actually, that is true at some level. We must have the help of the Holy Spirit to live right; but, we fail to utilize this benefit that God has provided for us.
Too many people are scared to death to go to the mirror and take responsibility for their lives. So what do they do… they channel this self-fear into a severe, critical spirit of others… possibly even you.
People will criticize you to your face but mostly behind your back. They will make little jokes about you. They will find something that you said or did and make a “federal” case out of it. They will try to destroy you with their words. They will try to get others to side with them, and sadly, some will do it. Today I say, you cannot change these people. Learn to live with them, love them, bless them, but above all else, let them go!
“So long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.“ Neale Donald Walsch
When criticized, remember, silence is golden. Do not try to stoop to their level by defending yourself. On one hand, what you defend then means that which you fail to defend is true. Best allow God to handle these people. Vengeance belongs to God, not you. You went to work on yourself with God’s help and now you may be reaping those benefits. You have done well as a result of serving others well. Don’t apologize or be paralyzed by the critical tongue of another.
You achieve true happiness when you rise above the approval of others, seeking only the approval of God.
A guaranteed way to avoid criticism: “Say nothing. Do nothing. Be nothing.“ Is that what you really want? When you have the blessings of God upon your life, your family, your business, your friendships… others will criticize. Let those people go. Drop them from your Facebook and even block them! The critical tongue of others can be your undoing if you allow that person(s) a foothold into your life. Remember, the critical person is the one who is truly miserable; don’t join their misery.
Don’t try today; DO today!