This Sunday, August 28th, 2016 Pastor Kris White continued our series For The Win at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

#ForTheWin: Course Correction

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews  7-11, NIV)

Here are two questions for you about your race:

  1. Can you receive correction, or are you uncoachable?
  2. Are you listening to the coaches, the crowd or the critics?

We all see the need to correct children. We all see the great need children have to be corrected.

Patrick Murphy, the Alabama Softball coach said:

“Uncoachable kids become unemployable adults. Let your kids get used to someone being tough on them. It’s life, get over it.”

We are all about correcting children, but we are not so crazy about being corrected as adults.

The definition of correction is “a change made to something in order to correct or improve it, or the action of making such a change.” Maybe the key word to why we as adults don’t like correction is this five letter word change. 

“My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects.”(Hebrews 12: 5-6, MSG)

Can you receive correction or are you uncoachable? God the Father is the head coach, and He sent the Holy Spirit as a personal trainer. He will assign different experts to impart truth, skill, and wisdom for your race.

When was the last time you were corrected? How did you respond?

Here are some characteristics of a teachable spirit:

  1. View counsel and correction as a valuable lesson. Receive Godly counsel and following the Holy Spirit with wise counsel.
  2. Take responsibility when you drop the ball and, do not blame or make excuses. Your responsibility will determine your reach.
  3. Humble yourselves. Do not be argumentative or have a haughty “know-it-all” attitude.
  4. Receive feedback without being offended.
  5. Receive feedback without feeling insecure or rejected.
  6. Be willing to be reshaped. Be mature and grow to let God finish His perfect work.

“If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land.” (Isaiah 1:19)

Are you listening to the coaches, the crowd, or the critics?

This will determine your whole race!

  • Who are the coaches? Are they there to make you better?
  • Who is the crowd? Are they fickle people who are hanging around for the show? Or cannot be trusted because their opinion is swayed by the moment? Or do they say what you want to hear and then they’re gone when you really need them?
  • Who are the critics?

Theodore Roosevelt – Excerpt from the speech, “Citizenship In A Republic,” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Here are some important things to remember about criticism: 

  1. Consider the Source.
    • What’s your relationship to them? What’s their motivation? Is there any truth in what they’re saying?
  2. Don’t take it personally.
    • It’s not about you; it’s about the person’s agenda. Don’t worry about what people are thinking about you. They are really thinking about themselves.
  3. There’s only one way to avoid criticism:
    • “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard
  4. Assign them their seat.
    • The critics aren’t going away, but you can decide where they sit in your race! And the role they will play.

So, how will you choose to run your race? How will you choose to let people influence your race?


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