In one of my favorite scenes in the show Happy Days, Fonzie struggles to make himself admit he made a mistake when he got angry at his friend and told him to join the military. Ralph, feeling like a failure, packs his suitcase.
It looked like Fonzie was choking on his tongue as he attempted to admit his error, and watching him made my jaw ache.
“Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble” (verse 14).
Fonzie was determined to protect his friend from the harm he’d caused, though the words wouldn’t come easily. And though it threatened his professional image (he “professed” to be a tough guy), he would succeed. He humbled himself and renounced his earlier position.
Confessing when I’m wrong puts me in the position of living in prosperity and finding mercy. These verses also promise that maintaining my respect of God’s authority ensures I’ll be blessed and kept from trouble.
Lord, thank you for the wisdom taught in the book of Proverbs. Would you remind me of the Fonzie character, or someone like him, when I resist admitting I’m wrong? I want to live respecting you and living in your blessings instead. Thank you so much!
by Kathy Sheldon Davis