Preambles: The Journey to Self-discovery
The journey to self-discovery is a series of articles first published on my Instagram platform. The thought to put this into writing started during family devotion when my children started asking how one can discover himself. It dawned on me that many are living purposelessly in this world without really knowing who they are. I hope the series of articles will help you and me to discover who we are and enlighten us on how to actualize God’s plans for our lives.
The Journey To Self-discovery Part 10:
In a bid to fulfill God’s purpose for your life, you will also meet some two categories of people. They are the Critics and the Praise Singers. You need the wisdom to handle these two categories of people.
Criticism is in two categories. We have constructive criticism and also destructive criticism. Constructive criticism makes you grow while destructive criticism makes you groan. Constructive criticism builds you up while destructive criticism tears you down. Constructive criticism makes your dream better, while destructive criticism makes your dream bitter. Destructive criticism makes you weary of achieving your dreams. So, you must be able to discern the type of criticism and the implications of such criticism.
One of the ways to handle the Critics is to behave like Jesus Christ. He stood silently before the ones condemning him and he stayed focus on his goals. Don’t respond back or try to retaliate. If you engage such people, you have reduced yourself to their level of reasoning. You can also show some love to them by praying for them. That was exactly what Jesus did. Stephen also prayed for those who opposed him. Who knows, the critic might be another Apostle Paul in the making. However, if such people don’t desist God will fight for you.
Critics need to be very careful also because the consequences might be disastrous. We can consider the case of Koran, Dathan, and Abiram who criticized Moses and talked to him harshly. They were all swallowed up by the ground alongside with their family. Michal David’s wife criticized her husband, and she was barren for a lifetime. The other thief who was nailed alongside Jesus Christ did not make heaven because of the destructive words he spoke to Jesus. He had the opportunity of changing his destiny at the last minute but he missed it. Meanwhile, the second thief spoke well and made heaven. Miriam spoke harshly to Moses and she became a leper for several days. So, let’s be careful about how we criticize others.
Watch out for Part 11 where we will expatiate on how to handle the praise singers.