Like many people, whenever I read a newspaper or magazine I instantly notice the misteaks, grammar and spelling. (You saw that, didn’t you!) I am not trying to find errors, but they leap off the page at me! My usual reaction is to criticise the writer – “Why don’t they use *spell check* or hire a*proofreader*?
It’s easy to find fault in things – too easy for most of us. Somehow, the flaws are more easy to see than the bigger picture. What you don’t see is the amount of work, afterthought and preparation that has gone into a particular piece of work.
The dictionary defines a faultfinder as: a person who criticizes someone or something often in a way that is not fair or reasonable. Faultfinders can be fickle, they pride themselves on how well they can spot imperfections, rather than affirmations. It requires no thought, no consideration, no character, no talent to be a faultfinder.
Many of us carry this tendency to extremes. Many people feel that they need to tell people of every little fault they find in every little situation. They feel that they are doing people great favors by pointing out what they see as flaws. And when they do so, they risk hurting people greatly.
According to Phillipians 1:9 “And this I pray, that our love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.” Rather than cultivating a critical spirit and pretending we don’t notice, or don’t care, we should show empathy.
Remember the bible does not promise peace to those, who dwell on the fault of others! It does say however that the Lord will keep them in peace, whose mind are stayed on him! (Isaiah:26.3)
“How will you use the years God gives you? Will you be remembered for being a fault-finder? Or will you be known for your quick smile, the laugh lines around your eyes, and the twinkle deep within? After all, God gives you your face, but you provide the expression!” ~ Barbara Johnson
Don’t find a fault, find a remedy.😉