Few people really want to hear criticism. The wise choose to lean into criticism, knowing that the person who is upset has something valuable for us to learn. What if you could view criticism as an invitation to change something that would draw you closer to the person? Would that change things for you? What if there is a truth that you need to know, and God has divinely orchestrated this encounter for your growth? The next time someone comes to you with a concern, discern whether there is truth that will progressively bring you into the image of Christ (II Corinthians 3: 18).

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at drdavid@marriagerecoverycenter.com. Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed!