Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. – Proverbs 19:20
Some of my best childhood memories were generated in the lake house built by my grandfather and his five sons. When we outgrew the cabin, a new addition was built. It, however, had one major flaw. My grandfather hadn’t calculated into the ceiling height the fact that the new addition had a foundation that was about twelve inches higher than the original cabin. So the ceiling in the new area was a foot shorter than it was supposed to be.
You felt like you needed to hunch over. And if you weren’t looking, you’d walk right into the ceiling fan and injure yourself for life. All this because my stubborn grandfather wouldn’t listen to his boys who told him from the beginning that something was very wrong with the plans.
Is stubbornness affecting your relationships? Do you get angry when someone challenges you, shares a thought contrary to your belief, or when you’re required to do something you weren’t plan¬ning to do? If so, stubborn resistance might be the diagnosis.
The prescription? Surrender. Surrender your will and your ways to God, and often that means to that of others.
“If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” -Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)
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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.