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Raise Your Hand

Friday, November 17
Raise Your Hand
By: Pastor Todd

He who ignores discipline despises himself,
but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
-Proverbs 15:32 NIV

Do you ever remember a moment in class when someone raised their hand and said to the teacher “I hate to ask a dumb question but…”  Many times I was so glad they asked, because I was wondering the same thing but felt like others would think I were the dummy if I asked. Anyone else feel that way? It seems like we should go find those people who “took one for the team” and treat them to an ice cream or something. 

What is it inside of us that hates to have our limitations and ignorance exposed?  We despise it so much that Solomon had to remind us of the value of letting ourselves be corrected and informed by others. And the sooner the better.  For years I ran long distances without bothering to learn good form. What I didn’t know ended up hurting me. Turns out I was what is called a heel-striker, and now my knees can no longer handle the pounding of running any distance.

Solomon warns us that to close our ears to good advice is just a really weird form of hating ourselves. So, make your own application, but I am thinking that staying up with my medical check-ups, letting my wife warn me of my blind spots before I get broadsided, and inviting friends to keep me from doing something stupid are forms of self-love. 

The older I get, the more I think I need to be like the kid who wasn’t afraid to raise his hand.

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