Monday, March 11
Hebrews 13:17, “Trust in your leaders. Put yourself under their authority. Do this, because they keep watch over you. They know they are accountable to God for everything they do.”
We like critique until we get critiqued!
We all are familiar with movie critics, like Rotten Tomatoes, who write up movie reviews of the latest releases. Before we go see a motion picture, we usually check out what critics have to say. That’s because we like to hear the critics’ opinions so we can determine whether or not to fork out the cash for the tickets. That’s usually because we value that critique and trust that it will help us make a smart decision.
Do you value critique in other areas of your life? How about when it comes from your boss, your parents, or your spouse? Most of us say we want critique until we get critiqued. Sometimes we become defensive and sometimes our response depends on how it’s delivered – especially if we feel like it has morphed into a harmful criticism instead of a helpful critique. Criticism tears down but critique builds up.
How do you handle critique from someone in authority over you? Do you pout, do you want to run and take your ball home? Or, do you accept it and search for the truth in it so you can improve? Don’t let personal pride keep you from receiving valuable input from others. Take the critique to heart and be thankful that God has placed people in your life who speak the truth, even if it sometimes hurts.
Think of a someone in your life that you respect and appreciate for their leadership and willingness to critique you. Send them a letter or a text to thank them for how they lead and influence you. Then make a habit of praying for them.
God, I’m thankful when I receive a critique. Help me to always have the right attitude as I submit to authority and receive the critique. Thank you for continually critiquing me through your Word, the Bible, as I’m constantly reminded to always do what’s right. Amen.