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“To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.” Proverbs 25:12 NLT
Criticism can make you better, but it can also make you bitter. We learn in this proverb that the value does not come automatically from the speaker. No, the value of correction is tied to the willing ear of the listener.
If you listen to criticism and then make changes, the value of the criticism is as good as gold.
There are very few people that are instantly good at something.  Whether it be sports, music, art, or education: they all require effort to get better, and valid criticism becomes extremely beneficial.
This biblical truth has become evident to me in this past year. After being absent from the gym for a few  years, I returned to find new equipment, new techniques and also new fitness struggles. If I were to just jump in, my results would have been ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.  Having a coach demonstrate the exercises and offer correction when needed has made a great difference. While I was initially bothered by the criticism, I began to recognize its’ value and then not only embrace it, but seek it.
This week, listen for and even seek valid criticism and then make any adjustments that you need to.
In His Hands,