Jon Acuff is great. He’s a blogger, author, and master of social media. He somehow has sucker punched time and finds a way to post online 26 hours a day.
There are times after I’ve checked all my social media outlets where I think…
“Where can I go from Jon Acuff? Where can I flee from your online presence? If I go up to the Facebooks, you are there; if I make my bed to show the Pinterest…oh wait…I don’t do Pinterest but if I did, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, Jon’s already “sucker punched” it to death, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will beat me to a Tweet.”
Oh…and he has two blogs that dominate the world wide web.
I try to post on all my social media outlets but I’m lucky if I can get two good Tweets, a Facebook post that is not just a post about my blog, and an Instagram picture that is of something other than food. I envy Jon’s social media skills.
One of my favorite things about Jon is being able to spend time with him. He’s so busy that we don’t get to hang out a lot, but when we do it’s always a great experience. Now granted our hang out is usually with 10,000 other people at a conference, he’s speaking while I’m sitting in the stands, and he doesn’t have a fat clue who I am, but I still feel like we hung out and it was fun.
If you happen to be a member of my church then you should know he gets an assist. I read his book Quitter and it helped me process a lot in regards to pursuing my dream of church planting.
Recently I’ve seen some criticism thrown towards Jon. His audience continues to grow and the bigger the audience the bigger the target. Jon gets it. He throws grace, love, and the occasional snarky response back to some of the critics.
Now whether or not you have a fat clue who Jon Acuff is I think we can learn something from his critics.
It is far easier to be a critic than a director. In Hollywood directors make things. They take risks. They have something to show for their work. Movie critics don’t create anything original or new. They simply critique.
I don’t know about you but I’d rather be a director than a critic. It’s easy to be a critic. It takes no effort. You simply critique someone else’s work. It’s far easier to critique someone’s material than to come up with your own.
It’s easier to critique someone else’s parenting than to direct your own family.
It’s easier to critique someone else’s work than to direct your own.
It’s easier to critique someone else’s blog post than to direct your own.
It’s easier to critique someone else’s church than direct your own.
It’s easier to be a critic than a director. Critics don’t make squat. It’s difficult to direct.
The next time you think to offer a criticism ask yourself…
- Is it beneficial? Telling someone they “stink” doesn’t benefit anyone. Telling someone a way to potentially improve is directing.
- Do I have room to talk? A critic who has never made anything has no authority to critique.
- If someone was giving me this same critique how would I want them to deliver it? Then when you critique deliver it the way you’d want it delivered to you.
As for Jon I follow him on social media because I think he’s brilliant. As a blogger, author, Tweeter, Facebooker, and Instagramer I completely respect the directing that Jon does on a daily basis. I hope he doesn’t allow the critics to speak into his life. I hope that you and I will spend more time directing than critiquing.
This is not a criticism but Jon Acuff makes my head look GIGANTOR!
Do you follow Jon Acuff on social media? What is the easiest thing for you to critique?