When Deficeincy is Your Efficiency

Most people don’t enjoy being caught out in a moment of deficiency.
We like to be seen as someone who is capable and has it all together – and will go to great lengths to avoid failure, because we fear that moment we feel that we are ‘not enough’. 
For me, one of my greatest fears was that I would never be enough – and that I would fall short as a husband or a father – so there was a lot of fear I had to overcome in order to make the best decision I’ve ever made!
The interesting thing is that in contrast to our way of thinking, Proverbs describes failure not as something to be avoided, but something to be embraced as the process of gaining intelligence:
‘Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence’ – Proverbs 15:32
We all know what it feels like to be given instruction – especially when that instruction is a ‘reproof’. At times it can be painful as our pride takes a hit and we feel exposed as someone who just doesn’t have what it takes.
However when we feel this way, it exposes the fact that our security is wrapped up in our performance or what others opinion of us may be at any moment. We avoid or reject reproof or correction because it’s a threat to our worth and security.
According to Proverbs, those who reject reproof actually despise themselves – because they rob themselves of the opportunity to grow and become even better at what God has designed them to do. They have a low self worth.
But those whose worth is placed in something more secure (like the faithful love of God) are more open to correction. Their deficiency becomes their efficiency because reproof is seen as a growth opportunity rather than an unwelcome exposure of weakness.
As for me, I know that I have many areas I need to grow in. Correction and reproof will never be my idea of fun time, but it paves the way for a life of increased intelligence and a better chance at succeeding in the most important things in life.
Let’s never see instruction or correction as an exposure of our deficiency, but the road to greater efficiency in our efforts to achieve the dreams God has placed in our hearts!

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