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Inviting Criticism

Posted: Tuesday, December 22

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Zechariah 2:1-3:10
Revelation 13:1-18
Psalm 141:1-10
Proverbs 30:18-20 


Verse of the day:

Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine. Don’t let me refuse it. (Psalm 141:5)

Last week, we had several volunteers come in to help with the post production clean up. The weeks leading up to major events are always exciting, but my favorite is the week after. Storage rooms are cleaned; music is filed; and I eat dinner at home every night. One of my post production habits is to seek out wise criticism. I send out emails and have a few key conversations.



Many times we can feel victimized by criticism because we only hear the negative comments that are forced upon us. Wise criticism comes by invitation. An anonymous note or a hateful comment should not direct our courses of action. Following an unknown, unreliable, or derogatory source rarely leads to wisdom. 



When I need criticism, I seek it out. I ask people in leadership, people on my team, people with fresh eyes, people with mission in mind, and people with various life experiences. Receiving personal criticism is never easy, but when the source is wise, well-meaning, and invited, it makes a world of difference.



Four years ago, I had the opportunity to study conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. The five days of criticism was near overwhelming. I’ll never forget the professor’s commentary on this very subject. “You Americans believe that criticism is bad. If I like you, why would I leave you the same?”