It’s okay to be corrected …

“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.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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