If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.
If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
When we think about correction or discipline in our lives, I would bet that the first thing we think about is NOT being wise or growing in understanding. It probably looks and feels a little more like frustration and disappointment. Even fear at times or anger. Anyway you slice it, correction doesn’t feel all that great. It can make us feel like all of our deficiencies are flashing like neon signs for the world to see. But correction can have a beautiful side, too, when it comes from a place of love and its purpose flows from a desire for us to be who we were created to be. That is the kind of correction that has our best interest at heart. It cares too much to allow us to continue blindly in the same direction, but gives warning and understanding with the goal of helping us to grow and learn.
None of us are perfect. We all need correction probably more than we would like to admit. God puts people in our lives to help us along the way. Sometimes their correction is gentle and sometimes it points out harsh realities – but we do need it. Who has God placed in your life that can speak words of wisdom to you and help you grow? Lean into those relationships and don’t let pride keep you from becoming who God has created you to be.