From the early days of ministry, we had a culture we practice after every meeting. We would call a meeting of everyone involved on the team and hold an appraisal meeting where we get to ask these questions:

• What did we do well?
• What did we do less than expected or wrongly?
• What can we do better next time?
• What should we stop doing?
• What should we keep at?

We take notes and make the needed adjustment. The fear of appraisals was the beginning of excellence. It raised leaders who were sharp in observation and willing to be corrected.

It is the same with our personal life also. If you are not been instructed, corrected or appraised, you are not being discipled. Discipleship must involve appraisals.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities. Matthew 11:1 KJV

When you are appraised, it is easier for you to recognize bad patterns that need to be broken. Some people are blind to patterns that they need to break. They keep doing things the same way and then expect a miracle.

Listen! Have a relationship that gives you the opportunity to be appraised and not just applauded. We love to be applauded but we must equally love to be appraised. Your life will improve significantly if you surrender to appraisals.

If it has been a while since you were corrected, go to your trainer or pastor to genuinely ask how you are doing. Beloved, do not have a “leave me to myself” look or attitude. Do not be defensive. It will not help you.

When a garden is left to itself, it becomes a wild park. However, with pruning (which is painful), the beauty begins to emerge. Appraisals bring out the beauty in you. You are not being discipled if you are not being instructed, appraised and corrected.

temilOluwa Ola, Eruwa.

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