Too Critical!


**Please do not be angry with the following statement”

If I was a believer in the Zodiac signs I would fall into line about the first trait listed. That is Virgos are ‘critical thinkers’.  That is my one big hurdle, I tend to be very critical of myself.

When my grandfather passed away I took up being the pianist for my home church.  It was on the job training.  My mother told me years later that I have tell sign when I am frustrated, I would scratch the top of my head in an odd way.

As a teenager I would attend tent meetings of an evangelist that would come to our city every year.  He had a team of singers and great musicians.  I would often go home and laying on my bed would pray that God would allow me to travel like that with an evangelist.

Well one thing led to the other.  I would practice for hour upon hour at my piano that was given to me.  If I had any hope of my prayer coming true I would have to be perfect.  In 1980 my prayer was answered when an evangelist asked me to join his team to be an organist for his crusades.  I travelled with him across the length and breadth of North America.  During that time I would ask the other members how I did.

Being critical is a trait of mine even at fifty-seven years old.  I want things done just a certain way.  When they seem to go off the rails I start being critical that I can’t do it right.

I not sure if that is one of my triggers, but, I have to think it probably is.

There are other examples that I could write about where I am just too critical of myself!


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  1. Linda Vogt Turner

    Being too critical of one’s self is something many people do. People often think they need to have faith in God and so they do. Now think about how Jesus sums up the LAW…Love God with all your heart, mind, body and soul and LOVE your neighbour as YOUR SELF!!!

    If you are being critical of yourself, you may be judging yourself in comparison to others. Some people seem to have everything going for them, self confidence and many friends. So…you are you. Take stock of who you are. Be proud of who you are and do the best that you can to love yourself and other people without thinking of how many friends you have and what you lack, what you don’t have. Think about what you possess, what you have and how you can develop what you have and use what you have to develop healthy relationships with all the people you meet. Musical talent is a gift not many people have. When musicians play songs that resonate with their audience, they feel good. Writing blogs and figuring out how to be online is also something that many younger people do with ease. Many older people are clueless when it comes to the complexity of the internet. Many of them would welcome a few tips and many would love to have someone come and show them how to do stuff online that you know how to do.

    AND then …there are some people who are content to live a slower paced life. And why not. What is wrong with staying home and taking stock of all the things they have accomplished in their life and …taking a bit of time listening to music, watching TV and even rethinking SCRIPTURE!

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      Maybe that’s my problem. I do not consider that I am comparing myself to others. It could be that I cannot see the trees for the forest. I use to have the attitude not to take a back seat to anyone. Then I feel that Christ would not have that attitude. (i.e. The Sermon on The Mount). A while ago I started to read the whole Bible over again to see if I have been doing what I was taught, interpret Scripture with Scripture. I have rooted through commentaries of all backgrounds. It just could be that is contributing to my self-doubt. I appreciate your feedback. We may not always see eye to eye, but I am reminded of the Scripture Pro 27:17 KJV
      17  Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
      I do not have any friends who study the Bible. So, thank you Linda. I am enjoying conversing with you


      1. Linda Vogt Turner

        Thanks. I enjoy sharpening my biblical thinking with you too. Many people interpret scripture and put Jesus on a pedestal. In my view they are not really listening to what Jesus says in light of the Trinity. But hey…so many of us start there. We think Jesus is the best! And why shouldn’t we? People who love Jesus say Jesus is PERFECT. Well…let’s examine that notion. The Scribes and the Pharisees didn’t think so. Could it be that when we love someone “much” we start to cherish them and our love for them actually makes them the best …because we love them just as they are. Feeling so loved…they like that feeling so much they try to keep the cherisher in their life by cherishing them in return.


  2. V

    You’re your own worst critic. And honestly, it sounds like you could be a lot easier on yourself. From what I can tell, you seem like a pretty level-headed dude. So don’t forget to be nice to yourself, too. That critical nature might not ever go away, but it won’t seem as bad if you’re nice to yourself at the same time.

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      Thanks V for speaking honestly. I am growing to love all of the feedback that I am recieving from the WordPress community. It makes my heart glad!

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  3. gemstrong63

    I liked your blog, but in the context that you used it, via the astrological definition of Virgos, ‘critical thinkers’ is meant to be interpreted as the ability to analyze and is not about being critical of others or yourself. (Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence. – Wikipedia) I think you’ll find you do that version of critical thinking quite well. So, don’t be too hard on yourself. Socrates was one of the world’s great critical thinkers.

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    1. Rethinking Scripture

      Thanks, I may have interpreted the definition wrongly.
      This path of introspection seems to be working for me at this time.
      Thank you so much for being part of the conversation. Thank you for following my blog!


  4. gemstrong63

    I believe we all benefit from introspection from time to time, but I also believe that we should allow ourselves the ability to fail sometimes too. When one seeks perfection in everything they do, they can prevent themselves from ever really appreciating the milestones they reach and then pass along the way to that perfection. We are all perfectly imperfect and unique in our own way. Life is the journey to perfection, not the arrival at that place. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

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