The current of criticism

Ephesians 4:29
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths…” (ESV)

Today’s Thought
Is it just me or is it easy to criticize?

If you stare at anything long enough, you’ll find things to pick apart.

For example, you’ll discover that other people have character bunions; that organizations can speak out of both sides of their mouth; and that the mirror can shout back the kind of nasty comments you’d usually reserve for an enemy!

These days it seems that negative criticism is everywhere… on the TV, on social media, and in our conversations.

But I recently had a chat with Michelangelo, the Italian artist. You’re right, he died hundreds of years ago. So I didn’t literally talk to him. But I found myself pondering a cut-to-the-heart chunk of wisdom he used to sculpt his own thinking and perspective:

Criticize by creating.

What he meant was that we should take all the negative energy we put into criticizing and turn it into positive energy that we use to create something better.

Instead of criticizing everyone and everything…

Create a cleaner street.
Sing a better song.
Support a stronger candidate.
Start a philanthropic business.
Volunteer for a life-lifting cause.

Today, the current of criticism is so strong that it’s easy to just go along. But as G.K. Chesterton said, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

So take a nod from Michelangelo, stir the life within you, and swim the other way.

Criticize by creating.

By Matthew Ruttan


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