If you’ve ever tried to accomplish anything for God, chances are you’ve faced the criticism monster and rumor mill.
You make a decision, launch a new project, initiate changes, cast vision, purchase resources, build a team, pour out everything you have, try to stir support and push people out of their comfort zones, and someone gets offended.
They didn’t like the decision you made.
They think the new project is a waste of time.
They hate that you’re trying to bring change.
They don’t like the way you’re fulfilling your mission.
They are mad you didn’t use their ideas, their resources or even choose them for the team.
They are hurt, upset, angry, and aren’t afraid to let everyone know.
Sometimes, the criticism is justified. You made a bad decision, miscommunicated what you were trying to say, were overzealous for a new project and jumped in too early. You didn’t take time to explain your reasoning. You reacted out of hurt and frustration more than patience and love, and it affected those under you.
Other times, though, the criticism is just that: criticism.