Influence Invites Criticism

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

– Romans 8:28

Elbert Hubbard once said, “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Unfortunately, this is the truth of our existence on earth. The only way you can please everyone is to be a bump on a log, and even then, you will be criticized. You could also invert that quote to say something like,“if you’re going to be somebody and if you’re going to do something, especially if you’re going to lead, you’re going to be criticized.” In fact, the more influence you have, the more you will be attacked.

Remember, when someone makes a snarky comment or treats you rudely, you can let it go. If no wound was received, no wound was caused. You don’t need to worry about it or constantly think about it, because the truth always comes out in the end. Just relax and trust that God will work it out on your behalf. He is willing, able and faithful!


Jesus, give me the courage to let go of criticism and offense, knowing that you will work everything out for my good.


Are you prepared for the criticism that comes with influence? How will you trust God to work things out on your behalf?

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