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In our society and culture, some people just can't handle any type of correction. Some will say it hurts their self-esteem and mental health. I believe people react to correction in two ways. First, they accept it, process it, and make the necessary corrections in their behavior or attitude that is required to do a better job. The second reaction is, unfortunately, quickly becoming the norm, rather than the exception; that is, they see correction as abuse. This is one way to determine if you have a "victim mentality." If anyone corrects a person who thinks wrong, they will say things like, "...the policeman was mean to me...the teacher doesn't like me...my parents are just awful to me..." and it goes on and on. It was never, "I was speeding and deserved the ticket...I was out of line in class and shouldn't have done what I did...my parents loved me and disciplined me properly." The difference is that the victim sees it as abuse, while the person who is moving forward sees it for what it is: correction for bad behavior or a mistake made. Isn't it interesting that God corrects those He loves, and too many of us see correction as bad?
Just a thought, God bless.
Published on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 @ 1:18 PM CDT