Yesterday, we talked about being resilient. Today, I want to expound on that thought further and share with you that criticism is part of achievement. If you’re achieving anything, prepare to be betrayed, offended and slandered. It will happen, and it’s a natural part of leading and influencing others; in short, it’s training. Criticism is training — a temporary opportunity for a permanent gift. This is why Sam Chand said, “your ability to lead is equal to your tolerance for pain.” Leading is bleeding. When you lead, people are going to hurt and attack you, but it’s only going to make you stronger.
When I became the senior pastor of a little church, I started dealing with a fair share of criticism, but nothing could have prepared me for the attacks against me and my family that came with going on television. When me & Hannah started doing Hour of Power, there were a variety of criticisms from different sources, and one website in particular that was dedicated to just gossiping and slandering our family. When this started, I remember thinking, man, this is crazy. The stuff they’re posting doesn’t even make sense. It bothered me for a long time, until I clearly heard the Lord say to me, “it’s training.”
You want to do great things with your life? Prepare to be lied about, gossiped about and put down. Your ability to lead is equal to your tolerance for pain. You can’t sit around being offended all day or being worried about what people say about you. God has given you things to do, so you need to get them done. Move forward today, and I promise, you’re going to do great!