A legend is told about a group of tiny frogs who held a competition to see who could reach the top of a very high tower. A huge crowd had gathered to see the race and cheer on the contestants. As the race began, no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs could reach the top of the tower. Some said, "They will never make it to the top," and others said, "There is not a chance they will succeed." One by one, the tiny frogs began collapsing. But, there were a few brave souls that kept climbing higher. The crowd continued to yell louder, "It is too difficult! The tower is too high and no one will make it!" More tiny frogs grew tired and just gave up the effort.
There was one frog, however, that continued to climb higher and higher. He simply would not give up, and after a tremendous effort, became the only frog to reach the top. With great excitement, all of the other frogs wanted to know how this one frog managed to succeed when all the others had failed. A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength and determination to succeed in reaching the goal. As it turned out, the successful frog was deaf!
There are few things in our life journey that are as painful and paralyzing as facing the sting of criticism. We find the wounds of criticism cut so deeply because our hearts take it so personally. Even the mere threat of criticism has left many a life in underachieving mediocrity. American author Elbert Hubbard wrote, "To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing."
However, anything that is ever worth accomplishing for God will come with its fair share of criticism. When you study the lives of those who undertook great tasks for God, you quickly discover they wore more mud than medals.
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