In our daily lives, we all experience critiquing each other’s work or character and it can either help encourage us or bring us down both physically and mentally because of harsh criticism. It all starts with how we accept our flaws and errors every day by simply practicing our crafts so we can present a better work or presentation for critics who values hard work. Criticism is the act of judging unfavorably or faultfinding individuals based on the work they presented to determine if the finished product is either approved or disapproved. In Galatians 5:22-23, the scripture tells us, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law,” meaning if criticism cannot be expressed in keeping with the fruit of the Spirit, it is better to leave our critiques unsaid.
It is often appropriate to judge a person, thing, or action unfavorably. In fact, a true friend will speak the truth even when it is hard to hear. In that statement alone, you will know who really stands up for you. For instance, loved ones or friends in these types of situations will usually correct you if they are coming from a good place. Just remember that your loved ones will always be your first critics and never talk back to them because our normal tendencies are to react, then we act, so it is best if we accept critiques and do better. Criticism comes from love, not from a sour personality. In order for us to learn from our mistakes, we need to be willing to learn and listen to criticism and accept our flaws, not having a defensive mechanism by talking back.
So, my dear friends, it is imperative that we embrace criticism to help us grow and do better than the day before. There is saying that my mother always told me growing up that helped keep me going and is, “good better best, never let it rest, until your good is better, and your better is best.” I hope this message gives you assurance and motivation for you to do well in your craft and always listen to hard critiques.
Be a willing vessel for God and do better work.
Do not give up.
You can do anything.
Remember, God will bless you more abundantly!