Criticism, whether fair or not, is an important component of our growth process. Even when clearly offered with wrong motives, criticism is a huge motivator for self-examination and making the needed changes it exposes. I do not like to be criticized, but have learned that much of my progress has been propelled by it. When I am criticized, my first instinct is to criticize the critic, but there is no benefit down that path. A person fully aware that God “works all things to our good” may be stung, but never devastated by the disapproval of others, knowing that in the end His favor and love triumphs. Father, sustain me and transform me by whatever means You choose. I am earnestly thankful for the stripping away of every weakness or flaw.