Brenda’s Blog – April 19, 2016
“He told me I forgot to nod, so I made sure I didn’t make that mistake again.”
My fifteen year old grandson and I are reenactors. Yes, at 72 I have found my calling! He and I are members of Neeley’s Roughnecks, an artillery group. We have uniforms and travel as many as six hours to participate in Civil War events.
Colby loves the jerk position – the one who wears the lanyard and applies the primer which then results in the explosion. (If any of you are cannoneers, forgive me if I lack the correct terminology). In simple terms – he makes the gun go “boom!” There is a very precise protocol for each position.
On Saturday he worked on a different cannon with a different officer (gunner). For one of the firings he missed one step and was reminded of the steps. Rather than chafe under the correction, he recognized the misstep and immediately worked to correct it. He did not miss one step the rest of the day.
The Bible tells us to “study to show ourselves approved.” We are not to be people who merely shoot from the hip. (Pardon the imagery) We are to be disciplined, prepared, and ready for action. Sloppy habits and lackadaisical behaviors are not marks of leaders. I grew up hearing “pay the price” as the byword for readiness.
How we accept correction is a sign of our character. If we bow our backs and refuse to change, we are immature and will diminish our growth. Those who are truly concerned about our progress will point out mistakes not to gloat or criticize but keep us aligned with our goal to be our best.
A key element in this situation was the credibility of the one bringing the correction. Colby had respect for the man’s experience, training, and knowledge. He trusted the ability of this officer to know how to perform at the highest levels. And in knowing this, he readily accepted the admonishment and succeeded.