Last month, popular Gospel Artist, Nathaniel Bassey organized what was called the Hallelujah Challenge – a one hour worship broadcast on Facebook and Instagram. The programme was widely viewed by thousands of people all over the world. But the Challenge was also widely criticized. I read quite a number of pieces on the social media questioning both the relevance of the Challenge to the demands for societal transformation and the scriptural accuracy of OLOWOGBOGBORO, a name attributed to God and that was made popular in the course of the Challenge.
This post is not about either the transformational relevance of the Challenge or the scriptural accuracy of OLOWOGBOGBORO. Instead, I hope you can see that even the most beautiful and innocuous visions attract criticisms and opposition. The only way to avoid criticism is to disarm innovation and abandon creativity. EVERY VISION ATTRACTS OPPOSITION JUST LIKE SUGAR ATTRACTS ANTS.
So, I want to share very briefly three things you must do in response to criticism. I’ll love to hear your thoughts too. So, as you read, please do well to note and share your thoughts in the Comment Section.
Contrary to what motivational speakers may tell you, it is actually good to listen to your critics. Sometimes, the voice of the critic is the voice of wisdom. This is not to say that every criticism is worth your time. The point is to not just wave aside your critics as dogs barking only to deride your vision. You should listen.
After listening to your critic, you must now analyze the issues raised vis-a-vis your vision and the tenets of your convictions. You have to be willing to deal with the issues raised in the place of prayer and in fellowship with the God who gave you the vision. Consider the merits and demerits of your critics’ points. Consider the accuracy of their estimation of your preoccupation. You don’t have to spend too much time at this stage. But it is important that you are open to the possibility that your critic may be right.
Listening and analyzing what your critics say is not enough if you don’t make decisions after reviewing your analysis of their criticisms. No matter what, you must not abandon your God-given vision. It may be necessary to re-strategize. It may become apparent that you are on the right track. You may decide to go ahead with your plans and ignore anything else. Whatever be the case, you must consciously deal with your critics.
I know we have been taught to distinguish between destructive and constructive criticism. I think the difference between the two is only important when we are the ones doing the criticism. When we are being criticized however, we should learn not to first interpret the criticism as either destructive or constructive. If growth and success are our supreme objectives, then we must embrace the idea that criticisms are tools for clarity and proofs of progressive action. When we are criticized, it is our duty to seek what is true and act on it. There is greater wisdom in profiting from criticism than in wishing it away.
Don’t forget. I’ll love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment.
As always, I call you blessed!