Yesterday, I mentioned that pastors and churches will either be ignored or judged. That is a reality of life. It will be one or the other. You can read that post HERE. If you aren't growing, you are most likely to be ignored. If you are growing, you will more likely be judged. That's just a reality if life and isn't worth having a pity-party over it.
But there are some advantages to being judged and criticized by others. Here are some I think of:
- It is corrective. I would be a fool to assume that every criticism and judgment from those outside of our church is inaccurate and wrong. If I can drop my defensiveness and pride, I could learn a lot.
- It helps me judge my motivation (do I do what I do for the approval of others?).
- It helps me think through why we do what we do.
- It keeps me from thinking too highly of myself (it is good for my humility).
- It reminds me that even if what they say is harsh and inaccurate – there are things they don't know about me that deserve judgment.
- It helps me grow in dependence on God.
- It actually helps me be less defensive (I can't defend myself to every critic).
- It helps me be more gracious to other pastors and churches when I hear criticism and judgments.
Remember: to avoid criticism – do nothing of value and say nothing substantive to anyone.
I'm sure there are other advantages to be judged and criticized. What advantages to judgment and criticism come to your mind?