“If you love learning, you love the disciple that goes with it—how shortsighted to refuse correction!” Proverbs 12:1
My first job out of high school was with the State of Iowa Social Service Agency. I’d had no experience working with a Dictaphone, but was sure I could learn to drive the tape machine with my foot and type at the same time. For eight hours a day I transcribed case reviews for social workers and typed words I’d never heard of before, like arteriosclerosis. As faithfully as the sun rose, a tall stack of files greeted me every morning. No matter how fast I typed, I never got to the bottom of the stack. I tackled each file with the attitude: Just get it done!
I’d been on the job about a month and thought I was doing a good job until my boss called me into his office. He suggested I work a little slower and look up words in the dictionary if I wasn’t sure how they were spelled. (This was long before computers and my coveted spell checker.) After I got over the shock that I didn’t spell as well as I thought I did, I became a better employee and enjoyed learning new words.
Jesus was a great supervisor and trained his disciples how to work with people. He challenged them in their thinking—especially Peter, whom Jesus called on cornered and corrected a few times too.
Dear Jesus, thank you for caring and for grace-filled corrections when needed. Amen.