The only thing I can think of like this was the college football game years ago when the marching band was on the field before the end and the guy ran through them for a touchdown to win the game. This is nuts!
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I was reading a devotional in Spiritual Classics by Catherine Marshall (1914-1983). She spoke about how the Lord challenged her to fast from criticism for one full day. She was not to criticize anybody about anything. She realized that the world – the government, the church, individuals could apparently get along just fine without her penetrating observations. But she really didn’t get what the whole fast was supposed to accomplish until mid-afternoon. She writes, “My critical nature had not corrected a single one of the multitudinous things I found fault with. What it had done was to stifle my own creativity – in prayer, in relationships, perhaps even in writing – ideas that He [God] wanted to give me.”
She summarizes the things God was teaching her:
- A critical spirit focuses us on ourselves and makes us unhappy. We lose perspective and humor.
- A critical spirit blocks the positive creative thoughts God longs to give us.
- A critical spirit can prevent good relationships between individuals and often produces retaliatory criticalness.
- Criticalness blocks the work of the Spirit of God: love, good will, mercy.
- Whenever we see something genuinely wrong in another person’s behavior, rather than criticize him or her directly, or – far worse – gripe about him behind his back, we should ask the Spirit of God to do the correction needed.