Day 15 / Contend for Me (pages 89-93)
My ah-ha from today’s reading:
“I made a determination a few years ago that I wasn’t going to defend myself against any and every criticism that comes my way. Life is too short, and the mission is too important. And I’m called to play offense, not defense.”
This is SUCH a huge point, friends.
I’ve been one of those people that has struggled with criticism. And it isn’t easy for me to LET. IT. GO.
This reminder is exactly what I needed. The devil knows how to play to our weaknesses and people pleasing/fighting criticism is certainly where I struggle so often.
The steps Mark mentions are fantastic. I want to remember these for the future:
Discern the spirit of the person doing the criticizing
Is the purpose redemptive or vindictive?
Put the criticism through the filter of scripture
Did my action go against scripture? = repent
Did my action line up with scripture? = move on. Let God defend.
How about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts about the challenge so far. How are you doing? We’re almost half way there, friends! Keep circling. Be encouraged. You ARE making a difference!!
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