Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Carrie hated criticism. She wanted to be a good journalist, but she hated to feel she wasn't good enough. He editor kept turning her pieces away, forcing her to write and rewrite a half-dozen times. Now, she had done the piece of her life. Never had she been so proud of her work before, and she was afraid to show it to her editor for fear of what he might say. The only thing was, if she didn't show him and get his comments, how could she ever hope to get better? With all her courage and resolution, Carrie marched into the editor's office to see what he thought.
To grow means to be willing to change. God has great things in mind for us, but we must be able to accept criticism and guidance. The Lord can only do with us what we allow Him to. Examine yourself daily in the light of Christ, willing to see the flaws and weaknesses, and ask God to help you change. The results may surprise you.
Prayer: Lord, make me over and over again, until I begin to resemble the dream You have for me. Break down my defensiveness and my walls of resistance. Help me to grow, Lord. Amen.
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