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Grateful for the Grind: Why Embracing Criticism Is Key to Success

As the Iron Man theme song plays in the background, let's reflect on Proverbs 27:17: "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." This verse perfectly encapsulates the idea that God has given us His son to shape us into the best version of ourselves.

Looking back on my professional journey over the past two years, I've come to appreciate the people God has placed in my life to help sharpen me. At times, it may have been uncomfortable or even painful, but the end result has made me stronger and more effective.

It's like the analogy of a dull axe being sharpened on a spinning wheel. The process may not be enjoyable, but the end result is a sharper and more useful tool. I used to take criticism personally, thinking that the person didn't like me for who I was. But now I understand that the version of myself that needed improvement was the reason God placed that person in my life to sharpen me.

Now, I crave growth and welcome others' honesty about where I can improve. It's important to be obsessed with growing and not accept our weaknesses as an immutable truth. God has designed us to be great, and He will continue to refine us until we reach our full potential.

Some may choose to never get off the stone, bitter and angry about the experience. But we should instead embrace the opportunity for sharpening, knowing that it's all part of God's plan for us.

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