Kindness Criticized

A woman came to one of her Quaker elders distraught. She told him that she had moved into a new community and was trying to make friends. She had baked cakes and cookies and taken these to her neighbors. But instead of making friends they treated her like an enemy. They accused her of being a busy-body. They criticized her and slandered her intentions. They gossiped that she "only did these things to get attention."  She was discouraged and did not know what to do. “Why do these mine neighbors act so hateful toward me when all I seek to is show myself a good neighbor?”

The elder said, “My daughter, I am afraid that even if thou wert the winged Gabriel himself, arrayed in robes of spotless white, with the shinning halo upon thine cherub brow, bearing in thine arms gifts from heaven’s throne, some poor misguided creatures of this earth would still confuse thee for a blackbird and try to shoot thee!” 

Jesus said: "In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). 

No matter what you do someone is going to attack you for it. This is plain proof of our fallen human nature. And those who can find no obvious fault will presume to know your intentions. They'll attack your motivations. Rogers said, "It takes no size to criticize"... and it doesn't!  Like someone said, "No one ever erected a statue in honor of a critic." But do let the critics dissuade you.  I believe that the judgment might even go a little hotter for the fault-finders. Never allow the critics to stop you from doing what you believe to be God's will.