The Best Way to Avoid Criticism

The Best Way to Avoid Criticism

I wrote an article that Relevant Magazine posted two days ago. Quite a few people have shared it.

Naturally, I’ve gotten some feedback. I got an email this morning from someone who was clearly looking for a fight. Sigh.

I went to a pre-screening of a movie that same day. Great movie. It really made me think. I talked to the director. He has already been getting lots of criticism – all from people who have only seen the trailer.

My friend Cherie has a book coming out about how to get out of debt. That’s a good thing right? Cherie told me once that even that subject is controversial. Strange.

All this reminded me that if you try to do anything in this world you are going to get criticism. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. (Actually, that will get you criticized too – by me!)

We live in a world where anyone with a keyboard, no matter how unqualified, uneducated or inexperienced they are can offer their opinion. They have a right to that opinion, but that doesn’t mean their opinion is right. In fact, I’ll be bold and say there is a good chance that if they are using prevailing “wisdom” those people are wrong. We got where we are today with prevailing wisdom. Selah.

The only way things are gonna change in this world is if some people decide to be different. By different, I mean actually living by godly wisdom. When you base your life on that wisdom you’ll look different. And that will draw criticism.

Evaluate criticism, but don’t be afraid of it. Do what God put in your heart.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2