Guiding scripture: 2 Corinthians 7:8-9, “I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.”
The “OUCH” Moments
Written by: Christina Price
As a Christian, I’ve committed to being a lifelong learner, and that heart posture means there will be mistakes or what I like to call the “ouch” moments. It’s the moments where your perspective (and pride) clouds your vision within a situation, and you’re called out. Typically, by someone you value and trust. You then see where you went wrong in your thinking/actions and receive the rebuke. Ouch!
It reminds me of an experience I shared in my book “Saved by Choice.” “I remember one specific instance at the end of a meeting when our leader asked if there was anything we wanted to add to the prayer list, so we would take the final moments to pray for each other.
At this time, I had TONS of things that I needed prayer for; my anxiety was at an all-time high.
However, even though I was inwardly screaming, I remained outwardly cool and replied, “nope,” with a simple smile. Now, I know our leader knew I was full of it, but for some reason, she just smiled back and said, “ok.”
Fortunately, God knew exactly who I am and that sometimes I need someone to push me to move. He sat me next to a woman who wouldn’t let me get off that easy. The next time we saw each other, she blatantly said, “God told me to tell you to stop being prideful and to share.”
I sat there with an incredulous look on my face, but I knew I had been called out.
She helped me understand that by not sharing my struggles and wanting to handle everything alone, I displayed pride in myself and tried to act without God. I received the rebuke immediately and released everything I was holding onto at that moment. From then on, I made sure to add my prayer requests to the list!” (Saved by Choice, 2020 pg. 30)
Whatever your last “ouch” moment was or even the moments to come, remain encouraged. Accepting rebukes does not display weakness but shows our daily commitment to progress in Christ.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your unconditional love. As I submit my ways to you, thank you for your patience and the space you give me to grow. I repent from the ways that are not like Christ, receive your forgiveness, and pray for continued daily strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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Sunday, September 4, 2022
Christina Price was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a Hindu household. She accepted Jesus as a teenager after being introduced to Christianity by her mother, who became saved herself just a few years before passing away from cancer. After walking away from her faith for years, Christina recommitted her life to Christ as an adult and is now passionate about the Lord and serving others. She believes sharing her experiences will encourage readers to stretch past the superficial trappings of life, and embrace the sovereignty of God’s purpose in their lives.