If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. Proverbs 13:18 (NLT)
An Honorable Life
Do you want to live an honorable life? Do you want to live the life that I have given you to live? Do you want me to mold and shape your life so that you can be the person that I have called you to be? Yes, I want to be all that you have called me to be. Yes, of course I want to live the life that you have given me to live. What might hinder me from living the life you have given me to live? What could stand in the way of me becoming the person that you have called me to be?
Those are two very good questions. You are the answer. I don’t understand. You could stand in the way of becoming the person that I have called you to be. You could hinder the work that I want to do in your life. You could be proud and arrogant. You could be defensive and resistant. You could think that you know it all. You might believe that you have no need to listen to words of constructive criticism. You could fail to accept life giving and life saving words of correction. You could put up walls of resistance that no one would dare approach. No one would come near. No one would speak into your life. No one would tell you what you need to see. Do you know why that is? I’m not sure. They would be sure that you would not listen. They would be unwilling to take a risk on you. They would not want to feel the pain of your defensive resistance.
I don’t want to be this person. I want to welcome words of constructive criticism and correction into my life. I want everyone to know that I will hear and act on whatever they have to say to me. I want to be able to benefit from anyone and everyone who might help in molding and shaping my life. I will not be defensive. I will not be resistant. I will not put up walls. I will accept whatever you have to say to me. I will not be proud. I will not be arrogant. I want to be the person you have called me to be. I want to live the life that you have given me to live. Do your work in me. Speak into my life. I am listening. I hear your welcome. I know that you are listening. I will mold and shape your life. You will become the person I called you to be. You will live the life that I have given you to live.
Lord, I have not been a fan of constructive criticism. I have been resistant to words of correction. That has been a huge mistake. I will welcome your correction into my life. I will receive and act on constructive criticism so I will be able to live an honorable life. Amen
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