When God anointed Saul to be king, there were those who accepted his leadership and those who rejected it:
When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him.
‘But there were some scoundrels who complained, “How can this man save us?” And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts’.
1 Samuel 10:26a (NLT)
As king ‘elect’, Saul could have allowed his insecurity to drive him into a reactive fit of anger towards his critics.
But rather than taking matters into his own hands, he entrusted the hearts of people into God’s hands – setting his own heart free from those who sought to imprison it:
‘But Saul ignored them’ (10:26b)
Like Saul, often the best way to evict the critic from your heart is not by convincing, defending, deflecting or arguing with them, but by simply ‘ignoring them’.
Sadly, we all too often allow the critic to take up residence in our hearts, and rather than running towards our dreams, we spend our time glancing in the rearview mirror, running away from a fear of failure or criticism – wondering why we keep tripping over.
As for me, I’d always rather live with the perpetual sense that I could be on the verge of failure than playing it ‘safe’ and never attempting something of meaning and significance out of fear of the faceless ‘crowd of critics’.
The truth about these critics is that the ‘crowd’ is usually only one or two people, and the most vocal one of these two is the one that lives between the ears!
In the words of Zig Ziglar:
“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.”
So stop taking bites out of yourself, ignore your critics, and look to God who has appointed and anointed you for ‘such a time as this!’
“He who throws dirt always loses ground.” – Unknown