Proverbs 19:20 – Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Why is it that we all think we know what is best? I wondered this I looked down at the scales this morning. It had moved but a little in the wrong direction. I sighed and dutifully waited for the “I told you so” to stop ringing my head.
A friend of mine gently reminded me the other day what happens when you slow down and don’t eat right. I chucked at her and told her I was doing okay. With all the moving stuff, unpacking boxes, and running up and down the stairs last week I had actually lost a few pounds. But this week I haven’t done as much moving. I have been sitting in front of my computer working on my sermon and catching up on email, facebook, phone calls and other things. Come to think of it, we also have been out to eat a few times. So when the scales didn’t work in my favor this morning all I could think about was why I hadn’t paid more attention.
We all do that though. We think we know what is best for our lives. “A little cheating here or there never hurts,” we hear ourselves say.
Sometimes we even say things like, “I can make it up later” or “I’d rather die happy than to live my life restrained.” I actually knew a man who said those words when he came from the doctor’s office. Less than a year later he was dead and he didn’t die happy.
The key is to learn to be able to listen to GOOD advise and accept this as a way of learning. This is true in everything. It is true in our job. It is true in school. It is true in our weight loss journey. It is true when it comes to the doctor. And it is especially true in our spiritual walk with the Lord.
That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with a bit of pain, humility, and changing our whole way of thinking. We have to be willing to put our own feelings and pride aside and get the help we need to really make it work.
So I humbly say to my friend. Thank you for trying to help me and I am sorry I didn’t listen. But I will redouble my efforts this week!
Dear Lord, Thank you for good friends and good advise. Help me to know when good advise comes and to humble my proud spirit. Give me strength for the daily journey and help me make the right choices. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”
“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.”