…Making Your Life Count with Dr. Humphrey Mutiti
“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman who he married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.” Numbers 12:1
In the text above, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because he married an Ethiopian woman. They presumably said, “He did not hear from God.” Any genuine success, leadership, relationship, and vision will meet criticism. Genuine success or progress will meet criticism.
Success will not be complete without negative criticism. On your way to success, you will meet the speed humps of negative criticism. To succeed in life, you must overcome the many efforts of others to pull you down. Success attracts critics. When you are causing waves and your business is doing well, expect critics.
1. When Noah was building the Ark.
Perchance they said, this gentleman has lost his mind because it has taken thirty-nine years without the floods coming. They must have questioned his mental ability, and laughed at him because it was taking long to be completed. Can you imagine what society could have called him? I intentionally don’t want to imagine how people call you or look at you now, but I believe they also have a name for you.
2. When God sent Moses to Egypt.
Perhaps they said, “Moses did not hear from God.” “How can God send a stammered?” “Are there no good people with eloquence in their speech?” “Where was God when Moses was committing murder?” “This man Moses doesn’t have what to offer.” “We know him.” “He is actually short tempered.” Many people are also talking behind your back that you don't have what to offer. May be right now they are digging into your past. Is this happening to you?
People also dug into the apostle Paul’s life. Look at this, “And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on Paul’s hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.”Acts 28:4
Many people called Jesus a sinner, gluttonous and a winebibber. When Jesus drove out a demon, they called Him a chief demon. When a prostitute wiped and put perfume on His feet, people called him names. Others even alleged he should have sold the perfume and feed the poor than using it for his feet. When he died on the cross, people talked. If people criticized Jesus, who are you not to be criticized?
4. When Joseph was thrown into the prison.
Perhaps people said, “Potiphar has had a lot of servants, why didn’t his wife accuse someone else? If Joseph didn’t want to rape the master’s wife, how come she has his garment?” While others might have even said, “There is no smoke without fire and now I know why Joseph liked staying and working in the house and not in the garden.”
People will always find what to talk about you. If you are building or not building, people will talk. If you are single or married, they will still talk. Whatever you do in this life, you need to know that people will still talk about you. Even when a person has finally died and its time for body viewing, people will still have the guts to talk about the dead body, casket or the cheap/expensive tomb stone.
Even when you decide not do anything so that people can have it their way, they will still find what to talk about. Friend, I want you to know that on your way to success you will always have critics. Nothing in this life has ever been accomplished without controversy or criticism.
Dennis Wholey warned, “Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.”
Critics have a lot of problems themselves. They are like a mud thrower who has no clean hands. Critics usually have small minds. They are too lazy to think and work but they find it so easy to talk about others. Someone once said, “Great minds discuss ideas, good minds discuss events. Small minds discuss other people.”
I read something from Bishop Charles Agyin – Asare’s book “Pastoral Protocol.” in 2001, it said, I quote: “It has been said that in many Churches it seems that the Pastor cannot do anything right.
No matter how sincere he may be or how hard he tries, there are always some who stands ready to find fault and criticize.” Someone has described it this way, “If the Pastor is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is grey, he is too old for the young people. If he has five or six children, he has too many; if he has none, he is setting a bad example. If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he buys a new one, he is setting his affection on earthly things.”
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In closing, if you are afraid of criticism, you will die doing nothing. If you want a place in the sun, you will have to expect some blisters and some sand kicked in your face. Usually, critics talk so much when they see you getting closer to the fulfillment of your destiny.
Look out for next MAKING YOUR LIFE COUNT on Kalemba.news on Thursday.
Author: Dr. Humphrey Mutiti is a missionary and church planter in South Africa, called into the ministry of prayer, a conference speaker, with a Diploma in Missions, two Ph.Ds. – one in Ministry and the other in Theology. He is serving as a National overseer and an instructor (South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia for the Great Commission Bible Institute), is an author of several books and runs a daily ‘MOMENT OF REFRESHING’ program on Facebook, Instagram, and on WhatsApp. On the YouTube channel he is running a program 'Making Your Life Count', and is currently studying for another Ph.D. in the school of Law with the Atlantic International University (USA). Until now he is the founder and presiding pastor of Covenant Church International.
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