I am irritated at my writing right now. This week I edited an article for someone. They asked me to aggressively edit it. Being asked to be so critical has had me criticizing what I have to say today. I hate when I get to a point in any part of life where I see the bad before the good. I don’t mind giving constructive criticism, but I loathe a critical spirit. I figure the difference between the two is largely whether I notice the good first or the bad. If I notice what is wrong before I notice what is right, I figure that I probably have a critical spirit. But when I can appreciate beauty and work well done before laying in on what is wrong, then perhaps I am acting in gratitude and simply giving constructive criticism. If someone gives me a rose that is perfect except it is missing one petal and I notice the missing petal before I notice the rose, I am probably struggling with being critical not constructive. Sometimes I do that. Usually when I am feeling insecure.
I did some self examination to the point of becoming angry today. Just a bit defensive. Great questions in the book on spiritual disciplines that I am reading. They’re making me wince!
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1