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.