The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.Richard Rohr
The best revenge is not to be like thatMarcus Aurelius 6.6
By doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.1 Peter 2.15
When’s the last time you were challenged on a decision you made that you knew was correct? I don’t just mean an opinion, but something you were truly convicted about. In this situation what tactic worked best? To simply keep arguing and disagree with the person or to take action and show your plan did in fact work?
This same tactic is the best way to live your life. Condemning others for their actions and simply telling them what they should be doing differently is rarely effective. Instead do these things yourself. Show others the right way to live and that though it may be difficult it is possible.
When you try to live in an upright, just, faithful, kind and honest manner you will run into those who challenge you. Living like this makes you different. You have probably heard the phrase, “actions speak louder than words” and this holds true when trying to do what you know is right. Others will always look for ways to criticize what you are doing, mainly because it is hard. Finding excuses makes it easier to convince oneself that they don’t need to take that difficult path.
Live today in a virtuous manner even when it is challenging. Let those around you see living this way can be done and is in fact a more joyful way of life. Trying to explain it to them or argue will never persuade. Living in a way that is magnetic and positively affects the lives of others will.