My daughter Delaney has a habit that is very interesting. When she gets corrected, she throws her arms over her ears and pretends not to listen. This breaks my heart! It’s so difficult for me because I know that what I’m telling her is important…it may hurt to hear, but it’s still important.
Sometimes when she does that I just stare at her and think, “I bet we do this to God all of the time.” When He corrects us, we don’t know what to do, so we cover our ears and pretend it isn’t happening. After all, if you didn’t hear it, it doesn’t count, right?
In order for us to be the best people that we can possibly be, we’ve got to be teachable. When the rubber hits the road and we are corrected, our response needs to be with open ears and open hearts…even when that is the most difficult posture to maintain. Growth and pain just go together sometimes, but it’s all worth it in the end.