“To one who listens, valid criticism
is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.”
(Proverbs 25:12, New Living Translation)
1. Stop and listen. Boom! We’re under attack! Time to fight back! Our first instinct when criticized is often to get defensive and immediately justify ourselves, or counterattack the criticisizer. Take a step back from “us versus them,” so you can really pay attention to what’s being said.
2. Consider its value. Usually, the criticism we get is free, but realize people earn BIG bucks to offer good criticism. They’re called consultants. Not to say all criticism is valuable; it takes wisdom to sift through what is and isn’t. But if valid, the gift of good criticism can be much more life-altering than gold jewelry!
3. Put it to use. Even if you listen and consider the valid criticism you’re given, it’s still meaningless unless you act on it! This takes humility to admit the need for change, and self-discipline to turn that into reality.