Gratitude Day 590
Proverbs 15:31 – Accepting constructive criticism opens your heart to the path of life, making you right at home among the wise.
TRUTH: No one likes criticism.
Yes, we may spin it into a teachable moment. We’ll learn something from the criticism.
Or we say that someone else’s opinion doesn’t have to be our opinion.
We may want to debate and work through the differences. Yes, there is value in this.
But at the end of the day, we all have our own opinions. Ideas. Understandings. I may or may not be able to change yours. And this is OK.
It’s not fun when someone says unkind things about you. I’ve had it happen plenty of times. Honestly? I can get stuck in hearing this information and let it affect how I feel about myself. My confidence in myself falters. I begin to doubt many other things about myself.
At the end of the day, I can’t change the other person’s opinion. What I can do is get honest with myself. What can I gain from this situation? What can I learn from it? How might I best respond.
And then, move on.
You see, I am still a beloved child of God. You will always be a beloved child of God. We can never do anything that will jeopardize this, even if our human friends give up on us.
Being in God’s loving arms should be enough. Can be enough. If we choose so.
I hope we choose so. Today. Tomorrow. Every day.
For the opportunity to let criticism be helpful, I am grateful.
Dear God – We can get so frustrated when others are critical of us. It hurts. It is disappointing. It is embarrassing. I pray that no matter what, we always see ourselves as dearly loved by You. Amen.
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