Many of aspire to be leaders in life. That's a good thing. Since being knee high to a grasshopper I have wanted to be in church "leadership". Although I didn't always realise what this meant.
I have read many books and watched and listened to a zillion speakers on Leadership. I now think that part of lesson 101 on leadership should how to react and deal with criticism.
It doesn't matter if its becoming a supervisor or manager at work or something in church as soon as you dare pop your head up from the crowd, criticism is sure to be close behind.
Many better people than me have written about dealing with criticism as a leader. Read one here
But reading Nehemiah's response to criticism the other day in the message made me smile.
Nehemiah prayed, “Oh listen to us, dear God. We’re so despised: Boomerang their ridicule on their heads; have their enemies cart them off as war trophies to a land of no return;5 don’t forgive their iniquity, don’t wipe away their sin—they’ve insulted the builders!” - Neh 4 v 4 - 5
Not something you will read in the text books but a prayer I have sorely been tempted to pray. Not very Jesus like but just saying!