“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray. How forceful are upright words! But what does reproof from you reprove? Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind? You would even cast lots over the fatherless, and bargain over your friend. “But now, be pleased to look at me, for I will not lie to your face. Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake. Is there any injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern the cause of calamity? Job 6:24-30

All my life I've felt negative about inviting feedback from others. I know in my heart I'd rather be wrong and do nothing about it because it feels shameful or embarrassing to have made a mistake. As I've matured in my faith, I have come to discover how corrupt this way of thinking is. The first objection is that all men have imperfections and avoiding them is enabling their existence. To become a better man means openly, honestly, and confidently allowing others to critique you. This is not a standard reflex; it has to be developed. 

Job demonstrates the very reason why he was successful as a man. He shows us that there is great strength in upright words. Letting others share those with you for the sake of testing your character will make you better. Sometimes those words will land hard and accurate, other times not. We know Job's story and his friends demonstrated some faulty thinking of their own. But it was the reflex of Job we would all do well as men to emulate. Be silent, listen, and invite feedback only if you want to be a better man. 

DO THIS TODAY: Ask someone to tell you how you can become a better man.  


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