The Best Correction and Feedback I've Ever Received

I recently wrote about the best encouragement I have ever received and how encouragement has changed my life. Today, I want to focus on the best correction and feedback I have ever gotten. A while back, I wrote about the importance of getting feedback in your life.

Proverbs 9:8-9 says, “So don’t bother correcting mockers;they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.”

The younger and more foolish I was, the more I hated feedback. The older and hopefully wiser I get, the more I long for feedback. Why? Because it’s the only way I’ll get better.

Here are some examples of the best correction and feedback I’ve ever gotten:

  • “I know the lifestyle you’re living and I’m giving you 3 days to tell Pastor Larry, if you don’t, I will.” -Justin Frazier
    • This feedback is what ultimately caused me to quit living two lives. I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t have a friend willing to say this to me.
  • “I love you, I believe in you, but I can’t let you live like this and lead, so you have a decision to make.” -Pastor Larry
    • This feedback caused me to know that I was loved, but I had to change if I was going to be the leader I desired to be.
  • “Don’t litter.” -Pastor Larry 
    • This taught me that everything matters. It seems funny now, but I used to litter all the time without thinking about it. I did a lot of things without thinking about it. Pastor Larry taught me that everything matters when it comes to your character.
  • “This is part of growing up. (talking about responsibility)” -Mike Steidel 
    • If people only knew how much I’ve had to grow up since I was 17. I’m grateful for people like Mike who continually helped me recognize what maturing was all about.
  • “One are you need accountability in is what you eat. If you’re goal is to look like Tony Horton, you’re not even close.” -Mike Steidel 
    • I used to think if I did P90X, I could eat whatever I want and look great. When Mike told me this, I was forced to focus on nutrition… that changed my life.
  • “Dude, you’re selfish, start serving her and see what happens.” -David Faulk 
    • I don’t know if I’d be married to Laura if David didn’t tell me this! At one point in our relationship, all I was focused on was me. David’s feedback caused me to get my eyes off of me and onto my wife. I’ve been serving her ever since!
  • “People don’t wake up every morning thinking about you, Bubba!” -Zack Blair
    • Nothing like this little reminder that it’s not about me!
  • “You have to deal with this right now. Pick up the phone and call that person.” -Rick Wellock 
    • I have a tendency to hold things in, to gossip, and never deal with the issues I’m complaining about. Rick Wellock forced me to start dealing with the issues. He didn’t let me complain, he forced me to act! That’s helped change my life in so many ways!

This is just a small sampling of the best feedback I’ve received. I am so grateful for friends and mentors in my life who had the courage to correct me and give me feedback in a loving way. Over time their feedback and correction helped shape me into who I am today.

If we’re going to be everything we’re capable of becoming we need both encouragement and correction. I hope these two posts helped you see the importance of both.

Questions:

  • What’s the best feedback or correction you’ve ever received?
  • Have you thanked the people in your life who were willing to speak the truth in love to you?

Today’s Challenge:

  • Be a Friend or Mentor that Speaks the Truth in Love – If you love someone that’s in your life and you’ve been wanting to challenge them in an area, don’t hold that back. Your feedback and/or correction could change their life forever. Even if they hate you initially, if they’re humble and teachable, in the end they will come back and thank you.

Thoughts? Comment below!

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