By Roger Lipe
"A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person more than a hundred lashes into a fool." –Proverbs 17:10
How do we respond to our coach’s correction? How do we react when a teammate tells us our technique needs improvement? The answers could reveal a lot about our character.
How deeply impressed would we be by 100 blows to our back? Pretty deeply I suppose. For athletes this may be 100 laps around the gym floor. I hope it wouldn’t take 100 to make an impression. For fools it seems that it takes 100 blows to make a good impression. For people of understanding, it takes something else.
Scripture states that a rebuke makes a greater impression on a person of understanding than running 100 laps would. One correction to a wise person is of greater effect than doing 100 up-downs. One closed-door conference with the coach goes deeper into the smart player than 100 trips up and down the bleachers.
1. How do you respond to your coach’s correction?
2. How do you react when a teammate tells you your technique needs improvement?
3. When do you sense the Lord’s correction for your life?
4. How do you respond when the Holy Spirit prompts changes in your life?
Proverbs 1:7; 12:15; 13:20
Lord, I don’t want to be a fool. Help me be open to correction. Keep me from getting defensive. Let me be quick to listen and slow to speak. Please make me a person of understanding and surround me with people who desire wisdom. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.