And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy - the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you. Romans 12:1-2 (TLB)
If you profit from constructive criticism you will be elected to the wise men's hall of fame. But to reject criticism is to harm yourself and your own best interests. Proverbs 15:31-32 (TLB)
When Doug Wingert, from Arizona, was a young boy, he enjoyed watching his father drive the family car. His feet were always moving between the clutch pedal, gas pedal, and brake pedal. But it was the small movements he made with his hands on the steering wheel that Fascinated Doug. So, when the family car was safely parked in the driveway, Doug would sit behind the steering wheel and pretend to drive. His legs were too short to reach the pedals, but Doug could make those small movements with the steering wheel, as if he were heading down the road. When he was finally old enough to learn to drive, Doug quickly understood that without those small corrections on the steering wheel, the car would drift off course.
Doug has come to realize that his life has been a little like driving a car. At times, he has had to slam on the brakes to avoid a disaster in his life. But most of the time, he has just had to make those small corrections to keep himself on a steady course.
Now Doug thinks of God's word in scripture as his compass and his road map. Together, they can keep him on God's path, leading him to greater understanding of what God expects of his life.
Prayer: Dear God, you know what is best for each of us. Help us to make the small corrections that will guide us to a better understanding of how to please you, in Jesus' name. Amen.