Scripture: Proverbs 10:17
Pastor Scott Cody
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
One who heeds instruction–What does it take to be one who heeds instruction? I like the way the message translation phrases this concept: “The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good.” So often we have our own opinions on how everything in the world should be. Even things we have no idea about we have opinions on because we are “supposed to.” But, sometimes *ahem* most of the time, it would be better if we paused. And in that pause listen to another voice. We can be so quick to justify our beliefs and actions that we miss the areas in which we are blind. My observation: pause, accept critique, and always approach people with the mindset that God has brought you together at that moment intentionally and you have something you can learn from them.
No one likes to be told they are doing something wrong. In middle school one of my friends gave me a sarcastic card to pull out in conversations that read, “the official I’m always right card,” and on the back, it said, “If you are in a debate with the bearer of this card, just give up and give in.” I like things being done my way. However, I had to learn (and am continuing to learn) that it’s not about being right. In a conversation I recently had with Pastor Vaughn we were discussing how we are all wrong. We are all flawed beings. Because of this, a goal for each of us to set is to be less wrong than we were yesterday. We should enter situations thinking, “I may not have this idea or concept right, but I do believe it is less wrong than yesterday’s idea.”
We laughed and then gave a serious nod to each other about holding ourselves to this newly discovered philosophical worldview. Pursue wisdom, pursue knowledge, and pursue the best answers you can for any given situation. But, keep your conclusions loose enough for God to guide you. After all, it is not about being right. It’s about trusting in God enough so that we can get to the point of saying, “not my will, but your will be done.”
Heavenly Father, help me. Help me to pause and listen. Help me to release my insecurities that drive my desire to be right which directs me away from correction. I pray for people to come into my life that will challenge and encourage me to be the person You created me to be. Activate and awaken your Spirit inside my heart in a way that will help me lean into your guidance, your provision, and your direction. Guide my heart and my mind this week. In Jesus’ name I pray.