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Dealing with Critics

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

By Pastor James C. Johnson

Learning how to deal with criticism is a major part of life for every person. The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, helped shed some light on dealing with critics when he said the following, “It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strongman stumbles or where the doer of deeds could’ve done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with the cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Succeed at what God calls you to accomplish and do it for all the right reasons. But, remember that your success will further aggravate your critics. While aggravating your critics is debatably a wrong reason to pursue success, it’s a nice bonus.

Ladies and gentlemen, critics come and go, but I encourage you to continue to dare greatly for His honor and glory.


This devotion was written by Pastor James C. Johnson. These devotionals are being published throughout this pandemic in an effort to further strengthen the faith of our NorthStone church family. Feel free to comment below to offer your feedback about today's devotion.



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