Everybody’s got critics. Every day I see people who feel it’s their God-given mission to tear down:
Other leaders they disagree with
The world (for which Jesus died, I believe)
People they don’t like
Anyone who upset them
But consider this. Very few people I know and admire and who are admired by others spend big chunks of their time criticizing others. In fact, the leaders in most communities, movements and organizations spend very little time criticizing others. Why? They are too busy creating. They spend their hours creating great things:
Investing in people
If you are really engaged in creating, you don’t have much time left over for criticism.
Maybe criticism is a way of advancing yourself in the eyes of others. But seriously, fifty years from now, history will likely not focus on the great critics of our day. It will focus on those who created what shaped our day.
And sometimes I wonder if the critics spend their time criticizing because they aren’t really creating anything of value. If you’re not bringing much to the table, why not just criticize those who are?
So how are you going to spend your day? Criticizing or creating?