Never say, “I’m sorry,” in ministry [Time Out]

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Time Out quiet times for the youth worker's soulTime Out: Weekly quiet times for the youth worker’s soul.
by Adam Wormann

Today, Netflix announced that it was going to abandon Qwikster. There’s a lot of talk about it this morning. They’ve basically said that they realized this wasn’t good for their users, and are cutting it out before they even launch. They’ve made a mistake, realize it, and are doing something to try to fix it (at least this time).

I had someone (a mentor of sorts) in ministry tell me early on, “Don’t every say ‘I’m Sorry’, it’s admitting that you’re wrong.” I wasn’t sure what to think at the time. Now I realize, that’s terrible advice.

In ministry, it’s easy to see the mistakes of others. It’s harder to see our own faults. That’s probably because we don’t want to, it can be painful, and we’re honestly blind to them a good portion of the time. We need to see our own faults though. We need to admit when we’re wrong. We need to make things right. That’s why we need others speaking into our lives. We need to take times of personal reflection.

Feel free to say I’m sorry. Feel free to admit that you were wrong. Build bridges, not your ego.

Today, instead of reading and reflecting, as a part of Time Out we just want to take some time taking a personal inventory. Think about your life and relationships. What’s strained? What needs to be fixed? What do you need to do to make sure you’re right with others. Then go do it.

As far as it depends upon you, be at peace with all men…

Posted on October 10, 2011

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