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Let your actions speak


When was the last time you endured harsh criticism? Sometimes we deserve it, and sometimes we don’t. The most difficult times are those when we feel we are trying so hard to do the right thing, but others just don’t seem to see things our way.

Col. George Washington Goethals, the man responsible for the completion of the Panama Canal, had big problems with the climate and the geography. But his biggest challenge was the growing criticism back home from those who predicted he’d never finish the project.

Finally, a colleague asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer these critics?”

“In time,” answered Goethals.

“When?” his partner asked.

“When the canal is finished.”

The next time you are faced with criticism, let your actions speak louder than words. God’s word gives us plenty of instruction on the subject.

We are encouraged to be patient. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” (Eph. 4:2).

We are directed to look to Jesus as our example. “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:3).

We are reminded to not become critics ourselves. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matt. 7:1-2).

And, most importantly, we are assured that God will take care of us. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Ps. 55:22).

We invite you to join us for Sunday worship at 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:15 a.m. Have a great week.

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