Perhaps nothing brings more dread to a patient in recovery than the word “therapy.” Such was the case for one amputee who resisted his trainer’s efforts to direct him to walk across the room with his artificial leg. He took one step with his good foot, but stumbled when he tried to rest his weight on the artificial appendage. After several failed attempts, the patient gave up.

After the patient’s last effort, the professional therapist gave him a visual demonstration of the manner he was to walk.

The amputee said, “That’s not fair! You have both legs.”

The therapist took a seat and rolled up his pant legs, revealing two artificial limbs. He had not been telling the patient anything he had not done himself. He could speak to the patient from experience, for he had walked in his shoes.

Do you ever get tired of being corrected and reproved, and wish you could just walk on your own without someone always looking over your shoulder? Maybe you have a boss who seems to relish shedding light on your oversights and shortcomings. Perhaps you feel like your parents are too overbearing, and you resent them for it. It could be that as a parent, teacher, or ministry/corporate leader, your position demands that you frequently dish out reproof. Consider how the reproof of others helped you reach your current position.

If you are on the receiving end of reproof, compare your instructors to the physical therapist. Though it may seem that you are being treated unfairly, remember that they once had to walk in your shoes. God has put these people in your life to help you reach their level.

No one likes to be told they are wrong. But a wise person will take heed to the reproof and take courage, for he knows that, thanks to the encouragement, he will someday be walking on his own.

You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension, and discipline are taken out of your life. — James G. Bilkey

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.