“These guys think they know everything. They won’t listen. They need to be humbled by a few losses so they can decide they want to be coached again.”
I’ve said those very things about guys I’ve coached. All the while, I forget I was and am no different.
Do not be wise in your own eyes…
How many of our problems result from an unwillingness to apply this principle?
How many times am I simply doing things my way because, well, it’s my way and I want to do it my way?
How many times will it take before I realize I don’t know all that I think I know?
How many heartaches could I save myself if, instead of thinking I have some knowledge or wisdom, I sought out people–God included–who know more than me?
Am I a subtle know-it-all, thinking I have nothing left to learn?
When people talk, do I simply not in agreement without really listening?
Am I just drifting in life, on and off the field, not seeing my deficiencies or thinking I have any?
Am I trusting my gut or what the Lord plainly teaches?
Am I a loner, thinking no one else has anything of benefit to provide me?
Fear the Lord…
When was the last time I lived as if I am truly accountable to God?
How often have I worshiped–just praised–God in the past month?
Am I still humbling myself each day before him in prayer?
Do I still hunger and thirst for his righteousness?
Am I determined to hear from him daily through the Scripture?
Am I submitted to him like clay to a potter?
Am I obedience to him like a disciple to a master?
Am I adjusting to him like stone to a sculptor?
…Turn away from evil.
Is sin a big deal to me?
If I discover sin in my life, will I renounce it, repent of it, and go a different direct, no matter the cost?
When I see temptation ahead of me, or surrounding me, do I avoid it, run from it, or do I flirt with it?
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Try it for a week.
Lord Jesus, open my eyes to my own foolishness, to your greatness, and to the evil surrounding me. Change me. Amen.