Proverbs 12:1 – If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it – how shortsighted to refuse correction.
Growing up, I hated being corrected at school. I hated the embarrassment of it. I never knew how to react, and always ended up beating myself up about it when I got home. I would replay the moment in my mind over and over again. I understood it as a failure rather than a learning moment.
We’re not perfect – not one of us is and ever will be. We all need to be corrected at some point. I honestly believe that God places certain people in our lives at certain times in order to teach us valuable lessons. He allows them to correct us and point things out. He doesn’t do it to shame us, but in order to strengthen and better us. That’s what Jesus did alongside His disciples during His time on earth. He walked with His disciples, and taught them His ways, having to correct their thinking every so often.
It is in our hands, however, to take correction as something to learn from rather than to get offended about. We need to choose to not get upset and frustrated about criticism. Is it coming from a good place? From someone who genuinely cares about you and wants the best for you? Is it something you really needed to hear but just didn’t want to?
Let’s choose to live with a longsighted perspective. Decide where you want to see yourself going, and how you’re going to become the person who gets there. Are there people along the way that you can learn from? Take on board what they say and learn from it.