I should be posting this for tomorrow, October 23, Daily Insights. I just can't wait to share today a few words taken from this book, Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:5
"I didn't enjoy hearing it. but I really needed to hear what you told me. Thank you." This was the response of a man whose boss had told him he wasn't getting a promotion. His boss explained the reasons the man has been bypassed, and instead of reacting defensively, he listened, accepted the truth, and made changes in his life.
One of the chief marks of maturity is the ability-in fact, the desire- to hear correction. Far too often, we pursue friendship with people who tell us only what they think we want to hear. They tell us that we're brilliant, gifted and right, and if anybody (like a boss or spouse) tries to correct us, our "friends" take our side and tell us we're victims of injustice.
Nobody likes to hear correction, but think of it this way: When we're sick, we take medicine to make us well. Only a fool would insist he doesn't need it. In the same way, when our hearts are sick, we need the medicine of truth from a wise "physician of soul" who speaks truth to us. If we listen, we take steps on the path of health and hope.
How do you normally respond to correction?
How is correction from a wise person like medicine?
"If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways. It if isn't true, forget it and go on and serve the Lord." - H. A. Ironside