Anonymous - Oct. 3, 2014

Discipline Proverbs 12:1, Proverbs 13:1 “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (NIV), “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.” (NIV) It seems that young people and old people alike have issues with discipline. We all have our own standpoints and views on how to discipline our children, our employees, our friends, our family, and so on. We also, while wanting to have discipline and structure in our lives, fail to realize that much discipline comes from failing to do what we wanted, being instructed, and learning how to do something in a better way. But I find myself constantly thinking of how people today can’t take constructive criticism. Just the other day at work, I thought of how someone at work was not doing something properly per health code standards (I work at a restaurant). I gave that person instruction, and in no way attacked that person’s character, but that person took my instruction offensively and got defensive with me. All I could think is, “I am trying to help you!” Married men know all about constructive criticism: from their wives. Just the other day, my wife told me that I need to pay more attention to what I do. Was it an attack on my character? I felt so at first. But after much thought, I realized that she wasn’t attacking my character, but rather instructing me in a positive way so that our home life might be more stable. A man once said to me that people have hard hearts, but soft skin. They let everything get to them, and so have a hard heart, not loving people when they need it. He said that Christians, however, should be the opposite: have hard skin, but soft hearts. We should be able to take the rebuke that people give as constructive, and when we need to have compassion on others, we won’t be held back by a hard heart. Let us be reminded that Solomon, who asked only for wisdom and nothing else, was given wisdom and much more! We can learn to have godly wisdom, wisdom through rebuke, through correction, and continue to grow in our relationship with the Lord as He blesses us more than we could ever expect Him to. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.