Friday, March 7, 2008

Chew and Spit

“You treat compliments and criticisms the same, you chew ‘em up and spit ‘em out! If you swallow either one, they will rip apart your heart.”

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. It seems like things are flying out of left field onto me and I am feeling the reality of spiritual warfare big time. It’s not just a spiritual myth; it is a real thing and FORTUNATLEY I have been victim to it (my reason for capitalizing FORTUNATLEY will be explained in my next blog). So I call my friend to discuss a particularly odd and heart breaking situation that arose out of thin air. So as I begin to pour my heart out and how much I’ve been thinking about it, he interrupts me and says, “You treat compliments and criticisms the same, you chew ‘em up and spit ‘em out! If you swallow either one, they will rip apart your heart.” This thought is short but packed full of truth. It really encouraged me. He basically said that if you really take to heart a bunch of compliments you become prideful or big headed. Your ego is stroked so much that you take these compliments to heart in a way that is really toxic to you. So pride comes into your life and ruins many other areas. The same thing can happen with criticisms. If you really take them to heart and over analyze them you become down and isolated, it drives you crazy. Taking compliments and criticisms into consideration are different from letting them run your life. You should chew on them, think about them, and spit them out. By doing so, you are getting the affect of them, you are reflecting and being encouraged, or making positive changes in some cases, but in the end you never swallow because being prideful or analyzing yourself into self-pity can both rip apart your heart.

I think it’s like chewing tobacco, as nasty as it is. People chew it to get their fix of nicotine, but never swallow because it would be toxic and cause them to be laid up in a community hospital getting their stomach pumped.

I don’t plan on getting my stomach pumped, I don’t want my heart ripped apart, so may you join me as I treat compliments and criticisms the same by chewing them up and spitting them out.

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