Sticks and Stones
By Rick Boxx
April 7, 2011

The children’s rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” is a lie. Words do hurt. We desire others to think well of us, so when they don’t, it stings.

Doing anything of significance takes thick skin. Whether you’re making tough decisions or taking a stand for your beliefs, someone will be critical of your actions.

Solomon taught in Ecclesiastes 7:21-22, “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you- for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.”

It’s important to realize that some criticism may contain truth that needs to be heeded, but much of it has no merit. Ponder the truth, but ignore the mean spirited criticism.

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