are you a critic?
I was just telling my husband, Jon, a few days ago that I do not want to fall into the trap of criticizing the work of others. It is so easy to do. It is easy because our prideful human nature wants to believe that we can do everything better than everyone. It’s also easy to criticize because little effort is needed to sit, observe and judge the work of others. It is a totally different scenario to actually get into the game, to get into the classroom, to get into the ministry, to get into the career field, and the list goes on.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (emphasis added.)
I want to be blessed! I want to be fruitful in ministry at home, at church, at my children’s school, and in my community. I desire to be that tree representing abundant life and prospering in all things as I invest myself in the lives of others.
The Word of God clearly states some prerequisites to this blessed life. Psalm 1: 1-2 clarifies what to avoid and what to ingest. To not “sit in the seat of mockers” brings to remembrance my first experience in a high school pep rally as a 9th grade cheerleader. After we finished our cheer and dance routine, we left the gym floor excitedly only to hear boos from the crowd. I couldn’t understand the lack of school spirit displayed. It was that day my mother taught me it is easy for mockers to sit, but it is hard to actually get out on the floor and do the routine. In spite of the negative impact of my peers, she made me feel like a champion.
In what places does your life intersect? Are you seeking counsel from God’s Word for the ways in which you can make an investment in those places? Are you choosing instead to let others carry the workload? Be careful. You are susceptible to joining the mockers! If you must sit on the sidelines, may I suggest that you drop down to your knees and pray about the work going on before you? When you pray, God will fill your heart with compassion for those who are laboring in the field. In that state, it will be impossible to “sit in the seat of mockers.”
The world has enough critics. In the body of Christ, we choose instead to be investors and encouragers.