Stuff I’m Still Learning About Being Right and Wrong
The more I allow myself to fear that others will mistake me for wrong, the more wrong I am likely to be.
What I should really fear is being wrong and not knowing it.
I can always gain from seeing where I am wrong, whether the person pointing it out is young or old, wise or foolish, friend or foe.
If others are more concerned with my wrongs than their own, they are missing the occasion to address their shortcomings, but that does not mean I have to miss the occasion to address mine.
If I am more concerned with other people’s wrongs than my own, I am just plain stupid.
It does no good to admit that I’m far from perfect if I refuse to see specific examples of my imperfections and expect others to be blind to them as well.
Each time I honestly admit that I am wrong, I win an opportunity to become right.
If my willingness to admit a wrong allows someone to hurt me, I can trust that God will not be mocked.
Other people’s wrongs do not make me right and if I take hidden pleasure in them, God knows and is grieved.
God deserves my trust infinitely more than I do, for in all the times I have been wrong He has never been other than perfectly right.
If I focus on God’s rightness, not my own, I can give Him glory and enjoy His transforming work in my life.
Learning stuff about right and wrong usually hurts—but oh! It’s worth it!
Ed note: In keeping with being right and wrong, I apologize that the calendar dates we gave for the minor Jewish holidays on last month’s chart were wrong! The correct dates are: the Seventeenth of Tammuz—July 20, Tisha b’Av—August 10, Asarah b’Tevet—January 5.
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Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.