It is so very easy for me to be discouraged when I am having a hard time at doing anything anyway. With cleaning house and with losing weight, I’m sometimes bombarded from myself or “well meaning” loved ones that I’ll never be able to see it through.
I’m here to say that those as well as myself who would discourage others from self improvement have sidled up with Satan to break down hope. Even Jesus told that much loved, Peter to “get thee behind me, Satan”, so I know that Satan uses those we love to squash everything that is godly in our lives. (see Matt. 16:23)
I have probably been guilty of ignoring the good someone has done and looked elsewhere for something to criticize instead. I say I probably have because that is how I feel I am being treated now. (Matt 7:2) Working to make things better can bring out the most severe criticism in some that are prone to look at the bad side of anything anyway.
Generally, this kind of behavior has made me quit and crawl into a shell somewhere. Now, I see it as Satan using weak people to keep me from being what God intended me to be. What I am talking about here is that God intends for me to be a keeper of my home, to love my husband, my children, to be chaste, discreet, temperate, to be obedient to my husband. I know, no one likes that last one, neither do I. This comes from Titus 2:3-5. God intends me to be healthy, and to be a joy-giver. How can those good goals be criticized?
I have to wonder if critics see that soon there will be nothing to criticize and thus destroys his or her fragile wall of self worth.
Jesus went through this. His critics were from his own people, not strangers. If Jesus was truly what he said he was, then the dominance of the Jewish leaders would be destroyed. Yet, Jesus loved them and died for them as well. He didn’t crawl into a shell somewhere and quit as I have done. He went on and became what God intended for him to be – the Savior of the world and the head of the church.
So, if you have been put down for trying to crawl out of a hole of a bad habit, remember Jesus. Love that critic anyway and keep going on. There will continue to be criticisms. There will continue to be a lack of “atta-girls” from some people. Just keep going over all of those obstacles with a good heart and reach your goals. There are happy rewards in the end. But, don’t count on the reward to come from habitual critics.
Have a beautiful day! Sharon with Mary