I don’t like to be wrong & this is often based out of pride. I don’t like to be wrong because it makes me look bad. I don’t like to be wrong because it makes me feel inferior. I don’t like to be wrong because it hurts my ego. Nevertheless, because I’m human, I’m not always right. So here are some ways to constructively handle being wrong:
- learn and grow from being wrong – it seems to me that I often learn more from being wrong than being right
- get busy fixing whatever has been damaged from being wrong – this can include apologizing, taking responsibility (rather than shifting blame), forgiving and making amends
- take on a humble mindset on a daily basis & this can help take out the sting from being wrong
My sense is that being wrong isn’t an if issue, but rather a when issue. With this thinking, it’s helpful to have some constructive strategies in place 🙂
I’ve been thinking lately about Adam & Eve with the whole Garden fiasco. That was really a bad day for humanity & despite our Father’s magnificent redemption of humanity, there have been several occasions when I wish Eve would have made some different choices.
I think that one of her big mistakes was to have a conversation w the serpent / devil. And yet I think that sometimes we make her same mistake without realizing it. Here are some ways that we talk with or entertain the devil, his lies & deceptions:
*insecurity – we listen far too often to his accusations & utter nonsense about who we are rather than basing our identity on what God says about us
*ego / pride – “all of that & a bag of chips!”. Really??? It is only through Christ that we are truly invaluable, priceless & supremely desirable
*worry / fear – I don’t think that the devil sets the “worry or fear trap” about things on which we are strong. However, wherever there is a weakspot, that’s where he will plant worry, uncertainty, concern & even fretful thoughts or anxieties, be that about the future, health, relationships, etc
Can you think of other “conversation traps” that the devil lays for you???