In A Closer Walk Catherine Marshall writes, ‘One morning last week God gave me an assignment for one day. I was to go on a “fast” from criticism. I was not to criticize anybody or anything. ‘For the first half of the day I simply felt a void, almost as if I’d been wiped out as a person. This was especially true at lunch. I listened to the others and kept silent. In our talkative family nobody seemed to notice. Bemused, I noted that the Federal Government, the judicial system, and the institutional church could apparently get along just fine without my personal observations!
But still I did not see what this “fast from criticism” was accomplishing – until mid-afternoon. ‘In the afternoon God gave me a new vision for my life. And it had His unmistakable hallmark on it – joy! Ideas began to come to me in a way I hadn’t experienced in years. Now it was apparent what the Lord wanted me to see. My critical nature had not solved a single one of the multitudinous things I had found fault with. What it had done was to stifle my own creativity.’
Listen, ‘ Words kill, words give life…you choose’, (Proverbs 18:21). Negative words create an atmosphere in which positive people cannot live, and creative solutions cannot be found. Only in a climate of faith and acceptance can risks be taken, progress be made, and dreams be fulfilled.
Written by and used with permission from Tim Hetzner.