“Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will have lost the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”
~David M. Burns.
There sits the wisdom of humility. And it’s so hard for us, isn’t it?
It’s locked into our emotional DNA—our resistance to being wrong. Our pride positively loathes it.
These facts above should be a good warning to us. There is, however, a better way!
Blessed are the Wrong – for Theirs is the Fear-Free, Learned Future
We are fantastically blessed to get past our pride, smashing it against the rocks of our egos, and begin to actually embrace being wrong, saying our apologies, and being otherwise utterly truth-filled. (As much as we can be, anyway.)
What a liberating truth it is that one right—that to be wrong—stands with God, and we with it are blessed. Central to this premise is the fact of our sin. We celebrate not the sin, but the Saviour—Jesus smashing our sin like we smash our pride.
A New Modus Operandi
We love being wrong because it points us to the way of the future where we can become deservedly right.
Being wrong won’t stop us; it pushes us on way past it.
We take a humble, truth-based pride in being wrong, and people are amazed at the sincere depth of our ardent compunction. God is made real in these moments.
And so is the heavenly virtue of courage made real within us.
Our faith is fortified in fitful pangs of the Spirit’s power when we claim our right to be wrong, holding it firmly and cheerfully; most resplendently so others might be blessed to know—that through us—there is an unswerving justice beyond our egos.
Imagine living with no fear of failure. This is a reality when we can calmly defend our right to be wrong.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.