“Take good counsel and accept correction— that’s the way to live wisely and well.” Proverbs 19:20

Watching my daughter at basketball practice one night, I noticed that the girls weren’t just running around shooting hoops or playing scrimmage games.

Their coach was watching everything they did, and giving each girl instructions on how to improve her game. She was, one by one, correcting their mistakes in form so that on game day, the team can run like a well-oiled machine and their plays will be second nature.

If those players don’t listen to her insights, their basketball playing will probably never improve. After all, as the coach, she has more experience than they do, and she has a vested interest in their success.

God treats His children in much the same way. Every day, he’s gently (or sometimes, no-so-gently) showing us how to play this game of life. When He sees us about to make a mistake, He shows us where we’re going wrong and how to do better next time.

It’s only when we listen to Him and put His ways into practice that we’ll be truly successful in life. Otherwise, we’re just going to make the same mistakes over and over again and never get any better.

How are you allowing God’s correction to work in your life today?