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“You made a mistake!”

Jocelyn takes delight in saying those words to me. For some reason, it strikes her very funny that a grownup can make one.

Many times, she will offer the correction. Other times, just the laughter at my error.

But having heard those words this morning, it made me think a little more deeply.

As role models in the lives of those around us, we need to live out the example for our children to see. In a sense, we are a living display every day. Thus the question becomes,

“What am I displaying?”

And then another question quickly came,

“How do I respond to correction?”

I need correction to reverse a wrong, or repair an error, or make an improvement. But to do so, I need to be willing to hear and apply the directions given.

“My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.”
(Proverbs 3:11-12, NLT)

Often His discipline has taken the form of a hard situation, a disappointment, or a frustration, but it has always been for my good. His purpose has always been to bring me to the place of growth in Him. I had to trust His ways, not bent on my own understanding and ways.

As an adult, there are times I can still struggle with correction. And so today I pray for my grandchildren … Dear Lord, thank you for reminding me that I will need correction throughout my life. You placed this little one in my life to let me see how often I make mistakes. Help me, and them, to see the importance of Your correction. At those times, may our hearts see our mistake, accept blame, confess our wrong to you, and be willing to correct our ways. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.


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