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Loving Correction?
by Raquel Soto
01/13/10
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Proverbs 12 verse 1 tells us: Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.

This is probably one of the hardest pills to swallow. No one really likes to be corrected. If you read Proverbs on a daily basis by the end of the year you would have read this verse 12 times. You'll not going to jump out of bed next January and say: "Today is going to be a good day! Someone is going to correct me! Yipee!"

I believe that this is one of the reasons that people arenít succeeding in what they are setting out to do. They donít want to be corrected by their doctor when they are told to eat right and exercise and then wonder why they feel so bad. They donít want to be corrected by their supervisor at work then wonder why they havenít gotten a decent raise. They donít want to be corrected by their pastor and then wonder why they feel so dry.

But when you hate to receive correction your heart begins to get harden, and with that, everything else. Before you know it, your emotions will follow and you begin to do brutish (stupid) things. You do stupid things because youíve allowed yourself not to receive the correction that could have saved you all the headaches.

Correction is a necessary part of life. It is the equivalent of pruning in the garden that of your life. You canít just let those weeds get out of control. The best time to get them is when before they start popping up. Learn to love correction when it comes. You wonít like it then, but you will appreciate it later.

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Deborah Porter  15 Jan 2010

Raquel, you are so right, and this is particularly true for writers (but it's something almost all of us struggle with). Loving correction really can be incredibly helpful, if we're ready to accept it.

I liked the example you gave of correction being the equivalent of pruning in the garden of your life.

Just a couple of things to watch out for. You might want to read back over this and pick up on the spots where you've got an extra word. It's like you started to say the phrase one way, then changed to a different word, then forgot to remove the first. For example, "pruning in the garden that of your life" and "The best time to get them is when before they start.."

There are also a few places where the wording needs a little tweak. For example: "You'll not going to jump..." should be "You'renot going to jump..." or "You won't jump...

Minor things though. Very, very good message. Keep shining His light through your writing.

In His love, Deb (FaithWriters.com & Finesse Editing)





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