Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Critic The Gossip And Me

"Oh look it's the Jesus freak," One smirks, as the others laugh. "Why is it she thinks she is so much better than everyone else?" she asks her giggling companions.

"That's the thing with her kind. They think they are so much better so they have to fix the rest of us when they are the ones with the problem," a second girl responds. The others nod their agreement.

"Have you heard what her mother was and why they had to move here?" The last girl said just loud enough for everyone near to hear what she was saying. A tear slipped down her cheek as she listened to the girls behind her, another bit of her heart shattered.

"She'll never be anything," the words spoken so many people over the years stung like a whip.

"Have you ever seen a monument erected to a critic? When the critic throws stones, the visionary should take them and build a wall. Then if the critic wants to see what you have built charge him admission to get through the gate." - Courageous Teens

I'll bet you have run into your share of critics. I know I have, some of them meaning well some not so much. I'll bet you can remember what they said am I right? Funny how we can remember the bad things and let them hurt us long after they have left our lives isn't it? Why is it that even after years we can still hear them?

 Trust me I have had my share of in encounters with gossips and critics and both are extremely painful. The gossip fears what you are and what you will become and so they attempt to take you down with their lies. The Critic is the person who has never done anything and wants to keep you from doing something.

Nehemiah faced a lot of criticism. But he didn't listen to them and he and the people of Israel were able to rebuild the walls of their city. (Nehemiah 4:4-6)When the critics wanted to meet with Nehemiah he replied “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”

I don't know about you but I would say that is a pretty good answer. (Now just to remember it for later use *wink*) Nehemiah didn't just have a good answer for them though he was prepared to meet them if they attacked but he kept working on the walls not allowing them to distract him from the end goal. (now I'm not talking about those people who are offering us good and Godly advice we need to listen to them)

We to can not allow our Critics to get us off track. We can not let them distract us from the end goal. We have to look at them and say (or in his case send them a message)"I am Carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?" Or in today's terms, Sorry God and I have a plan, and I don't have time to worry about what you think of who I am or where God is leading me.

The critic and the gossip are too big of a coward to do anything great, so when they see your potential they will do everything they can to take you down and keep you from completing your Godly goals.

Don't let them stop you.


  1. The important thing is just be yourself and not worry about what others think. God loves you for who you are! Keep your chin up and don't be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. Being a teenager can be difficult at times. I promise it will get better! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.