I am not sure if you know, but I love football, I absolutely love college football, and most of all love the Florida Gators. Now don’t get frustrated or annoyed and stop reading because you don’t like football or you love some other wretched school like USC, Notre Dame, or Texas.
But I love high-level football. Why?
I love high-level football because of how they use criticism as a tool to get better. You heard me. They use criticism to refine their skills in a sport where people are trying to hurt them.
I know this might be a stretch for some, but regardless of what organization/church you work for, school you attend, or hobby you enjoy, criticism can actually make you better at what you do.
In any high-level competition, could you imagine a competitor not willing to take advice or counsel from a coach or mentor? That would be crazy right? They definitely would not be at the level they are if they could not take criticism.
Is this the same for you in your area of life?
In Proverbs 17:10, 12 it says, “A rebuke impresses a man of discernment
more than a hundred lashes a fool… Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool in his folly.”
People who cannot accept criticism, however, will cause turmoil in most areas of life. It would be better to try to deal with an angry bear in search of her cubs as opposed to a fool lost in his mistakes.
We must learn to be leaders that can learn from our mistakes by accepting criticism. I know that from a leader’s perspective it might be hard, but for the sake of your organization or church, wouldn’t it be better to perfect your skills to make you better at what you do?