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The Critic

Posted on June 20, 2022
By Mike Harper

I want to be less sensitive to criticism.

Oh, it’s coming. I can’t avoid it. I’ll try to do right, but I’ll forget something. I’ll overlook someone. I’ll make an ill-advised joke. Maybe I’ll simply be misunderstood. Whatever transpires has critique potential.

As I perceive it.

Often it’s intended well, not personal. But I may feel assailed because of my selfish nature. Of all the people I want to protect, I’m best at protecting myself. It’s our nature. We guard our feelings first. We rationalize our behavior. We were born preferring ourselves.

Jesus taught otherwise. As much as I want to prioritize myself, He says consider others better than yourself.

Even the critics.

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