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Lessons I Learned While In School

By: Pastor Rui Oliveira

August 12, 2023


n today’s society our young people are led to the understanding that; when we are inclined to certain views of any kind, those views are automaticallysubjected to being, unreliable, and questionable. 

As a young person, I was led to examine everything that I was compelled to believe in, by testing each claim against what God has revealed in the Scriptures. 

1Thessalonians 5:21 NLT – “21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good”. That good is only found in Scriptural principles.

The young, as well as the mature mind, needs to resist the infused idea that; just because you believe in something, it makes untrue. 

Jesus Christ is truth in itself, when it comes to God’s truth, it “trump’s” everything. Jesus said in the gospel of John 14:6 NLT – “… I am the way, the truth, and the life…”

As a young person, I understood that any negative comment that was made against my belief’s, was to be taken as an attack on my person, and would ruin my whole day and beyond. As I matured, the more criticism and doubt that came my way, the more I understood that it was part of my journey.

Let me share with you two things that helped me divest people of their negativity, negative criticism, and power over me, for good. 

The first thing I learned is that; all negativity is nothing more than a distraction. This distraction, keeps you from helping others reach their potential, as well, your personal Godly fulfilment. If you choose to share your precious time, thoughts, and emotions to the negativity, you will be doing a disservice to yourself and the Lord. The second thing I learned is that; negative criticism is simply an indicator that either I’m giving an incorrectmessage, or I’m speaking to an unsuitable person!                   Although, remember that; negative criticism may contain valuable feedback.

Let me conclude by adding this; when negative criticism comes your way, it just means that person may not be in the same journey as you are, and may not be as hungry as you are, for what you are doing and believing in.

Orrin Woodward says it well: “Learn to use the criticism as fuel, and you will never run out of energy.”  

Therefore, let it fuel you.