I belong to some writing groups and appreciate their comments. A critique group can present you with new ideas, keep you on track and help you get a clearer vision for your work.
On the other hand, you must be a professional, and sit and listen without defending yourself. You can’t take it personally. Every work can be improved. Still, be aware of so much correction that your writing piece is now nothing but skim milk.
The Christian life isn’t that much different. We have folks who encourage us; folks who want to change us and folks that want our life to be skim milk, just like theirs.
Paul refused to live a safe life, in spite of people who encouraged it.
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”
When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” (Acts 21:12-14, NIV)