When I decided to start a blog, I told myself that I was going to be honest about things. I would even talk about things that may make me or others uncomfortable to think about and confront. The thing is, it’s easy for me to write about others or things I see in our culture and be brutally honest about them. Our culture is one that encourages us to criticize everything. It could be the latest trends in music, dress, electronics, or other materials. It might be a persons level of work, your pastor’s sermon, how good worship was, or even how caring someone truly is. It’s sad, but we all do it. The point is, we love to criticize, but hate being on the other end.
There lies the problem I went to bed thinking about, and woke up this morning being forced to deal with it. I would say I was confronted by my mom, but it wasn’t even a confrontation. It was a simple questioning about an issue in my life. The issue is debt, and I hate thinking about it. I avoid it whenever I can. I’ve even tried of thinking about ways I could go to Purdue and “return” my education and get back my precious money. Just like you would the socks your mom got you for Christmas. Debt is the issue in my life I avoid. I’ll notice and attempt to deal with my pride, selfishness, lust, etc. However, debt is the sin (yes, I said sin) that’s under my bed and scares me at night because I know it’s there. So when I got defensive and angry with my mom when she brought it up, you can see why.
This is what I really want to talk about, though. Let’s dodge talking about debt one more time, and talk about why I got angry when an issue was brought up that convicted me. My grandma has some issues I won’t get into, but her kids have confronted her on them. They have told her she is wrong, but she won’t listen. My mom was talking to my uncle just today, and he said “Well she just needs to get over it.” The whole situation is starting to become a really big deal actually, but my grandma will not listen to instruction. And ultimately, won’t deal with the sin.
Correlate that with my situation. I have this issue that I hate and avoid. My mom brings it up and tries to offer instruction, and I get angry. I can see my grandmas fault in not listening to instruction, but when it’s me I do the same thing as my grandma. It didn’t take me long to realize this truth, and I’m glad I did. Proverbs has so much truth about this problem. Here are a few verses to keep in mind next time you are confronted or offered instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Proverbs 17:10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
Proverbs 8:33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
Proverbs 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
Also look up Proverbs 9:7-10, and then just read the whole book because it would be dumb for me to put all the other ones in here. Read it. Commit it to memory.
As a side note, I am starting to deal with my debt. I’ve realized my need to do more about it and get free of its slavery. Maybe my next post will be about that…