I came across an article on one of my favorite websites, naturalnews.com. I get daily emails from them with new articles and if you’ve never checked them out, I do recommend the site. I’ve learned so much about natural medicine, vaccinations (hot topic!), cancer treatments etc from this website.
Today as I’m reading through titles one struck me “When the change you need to make is obvious to everyone but you,” this has actually been something I struggle with. To be perfectly honest, I don’t like to listen to others opinions of me, especially when negative. I mean, come on, I just walked on water yesterday! Hubby struggles with this. God bless that man! He has worked and fought with me for 6 years trying to get me to see my faults. Why is it so easy to point out the issues with others but when they point out ours we get defensive? Honestly, I’m sick of it. I’m tired of being that person that no one wants to tell their attitude sucks, or their response to something is rude. It really goes against what I believe. God said in his word “Who so loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish (showing little intelligence or sensibility)” (Proverbs 12:1), “A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1) and even “Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured” (Proverbs 13:18). So to deny reproof (or criticism for a fault per Websters) is to deny what God is telling us to do. He says that a good person, a just person, a REAL person of God will gladly accept correction for errors rather that get defensive. So when I read this article on naturalnews, it really struck me. It’s not a Christian writing this, but I struggle with this same thing. Here’s the article… pray for me in this, so that I can be pleasing not only to my husband but also to my Savior.
My favorite line: “I pay attention to feedback with the awareness that I may have a blind spot and that others certainly have a perception of me that I don’t see.” We all have blind spots, isn’t that why God gave us family, friends and spouses to help us see where we are not “perfect” and where we can use a change? The only perfect person who walked this earth was killed and hung on a cross, it is time I wake up to that fact and know that I am faulty just like the next guy. I will have flaws and I will make mistakes, I will get angry and say the wrong thing, I need to be humble enough to accept the reproof and turn from those mistakes. Luckily I am a work in progress, and I’m grateful that God works in me. It is time we all allow that to happen.