“Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.” (Proverbs 26:2)
That’s a great sentiment, but WHY does an undeserved “curse” have no effect on a person?
Because they KNOW it is undeserved.
If you criticize me about something but I’m sure you’re wrong, I brush it off right away and move on.
On the other hand, what does it mean when those words affect me?
It means somewhere deep inside I believe they might be true.
I believe YOU might be right.
I believe I might be out of my depth, my lane, or my league.
And when I believe any of those things might be true …
I STOP believing in what I’m doing and I let the worry win.
SO DON’T BELIEVE IT!
Don’t accept criticism as a sign you’re doing something wrong.
See it as an acknowledgement you’re doing something worth noticing.
Use it to help you improve and let it remind you of this …
If you’re pursuing your purpose and doing good work the best you can …
That’s nobody’s business but you and God’s.
When you believe THAT, criticism won’t hurt you at all.
In fact, it will only make you better.