Overcoming Criticism


A lot of us are people pleasers. We want to make other people happy by the things we do and the decisions that we make. Not only that, we desperately seek approval from others and live in constant fear of judgment. And this obsession for approval quickly begins to control our lives.

However, Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt had it right. Criticism is inevitable. This world is made up of people with outrageously different views and beliefs. We have radical conservatives, radical liberals, and everyone in between. And unfortunately, people are never going to agree. Personal experiences shape the heart and mind of an individual and no two people can live their lives through the same lens. Another reality: as much as we want everyone to believe the same things as we believe, debate and disagreement will always exist in this world.

So why do we so often seek approval from others? Why do we so often feel guilty if we are disappointing someone else? Accept the fact that you cannot satisfy everyone. The reality is, you will never be able to live up to the standards that other people set for you.

Freedom is found when you can let go of the fear of judgment and critique. Be free. Listen to your heart. Stay strong and firm in what you believe. Don’t allow the judgment of others to hold you back. Because you know what? The unfortunate reality is: for whatever you decide, someone will disagree with your decision.


Kelsey’s Notes: April 20th, 2014

Today’s Challenges:

  • Enjoy Easter in Mexico! “He has risen, he has risen indeed!”
  • Sit outside.
  • Watch the sunset.

Today I am grateful for:

  • My family!
  • My three-month Mexican adventure. (It’s almost over!)
  • My awesome camera.
  • The fulfilling and encouraging words in the Bible.

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