I’ve noticed people can be rather critical, not all, but some for sure. It is much easier to critique and criticize than actual be helpful and constructive.
Nate had opportunity to play t-ball for the first time a couple years ago. To be honest my initial response was to critique and even criticize some of the things being done or not done. (I wish I could say I completely squelched this attitude, but I had moments of weakness and fault throughout the season). Not that there is anything wrong with constructive criticism or analyzing a situation, but gossip, backbiting, murmuring, complaining, and criticism usually don’t go far.
After the first practice, Evie and I decided (at least at that moment) to be constructive and helpful. Evie asked if she could organize and help with snacks, and I (who knows nothing about baseball!) would help coach (definitely out of my comfort zone).
Sanballat, Tobiah, and his thugs only knew how to criticize, critique, and throw stones. Their intent was to destroy morale and stop the work.
Whether it is your intention or not… criticism usually does nothing but stymie progress. Purpose today to be a helper, encouraged, and constructive member of your church, marriage, family, etc… not a critiquing criticizer.
Daily Scripture Reading
Nehemiah 4 - 6
So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days.
• Who is Sanballat, Tobiah, and Gershom?
• Why did these men want the work of God stopped?
• How did the Israelites deal with the threat while working? What does this say about their dedication to the work?
• Why were they oppressing the poor?
• How did Nehemiah put a stop to this oppression?
• How did Sanballat and Tobiah try to deceive Nehemiah?
• Why would nobles send letters to Tobiah?