What does it look like to live life for God, and not for the approval of other people? To some, it might look easy. But for the majority, it’s a serious battle. The reality of it is, it’s a constant surrender of laying down the flesh and walking out in your God-given identity, so you can please the One that really matters.
Whatever field you are in, it’s essential to learn how to discern criticism. What is worth humbly heeding and what deserves to be chucked straight into the garbage bin?
When navigating criticism, here are three questions we can ask!
I am not here on this planet to be a puzzle master or to find all the answers to the deepest questions. I am here to be a light. I am here to be a helper. I am hopefully going to leave this planet better than how I found it.
Take courage—your faithful builder is at work skillfully restructuring and remodeling your life and your heart as part of his perfectly designed plan. His firm foundation is stronger and more powerful than anything trying to knock you down. Build your courage in Christ—and you will always stand firm.
So why did I feel like I was struggling with this same fear, perhaps even more so than when it was physically present? Why did I feel so suffocated by something that was gone? Everyone else saw it as freedom for me. Everyone else thought life was "back to normal,” viewing me as someone who had just been rescued from a year long struggle. So why wasn't I that person?
Truthfully, instruction can be hard to hear, but it can also be a beautiful conduit for God to mold and prune you. Neither of which particularly feel good in the moment but always end up having significant value in the Kingdom.
Choosing to obey is challenging for many of us, not because what He’s asked us to do is
particularly difficult, but that the place He's motioning us toward, or the task before us, isn't
glamorous. What would happen if we did what God asked us to do— no matter how ridiculously
simple the message?