Proverbs 12:15

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

I remember hearing the phrase “I told you so” so much as a kid. My parents would always tell me not to do something, so of course, I had to do it. I wanted to learn for myself what was safe and what was scary, what was fun and what didn’t feel so good, and what Barbie dolls looked like with short hair even when they said it wouldn’t grow back. I had to test out all of their theories. As a child, I wanted to figure everything about life out on my own.

I wish I could say that I have totally outgrown that curious, slightly rebellious, nature. However, there are so many times that I still try to test out the theories of others to see if they are true for me as well. Until I came across people who would speak the truth into my life with love and grace, I kept pushing the envelope to see if my own way could be better than others said it would be. I started to learn that learning everything the hard way actually really hurts. There are a lot of bumps and bruises that my heart endured because I chose not to listen to the wisdom of others.

Proverbs warns us against such behavior. I live foolishly when I ignore what others say and try to make my own path. We really do actually need each other. We can learn a lot from one another as we all walk through life together. This is what Jesus showed us through his life. He modeled discipling so well as He spoke the truth in love to others. Those who were wise followed His words and His teachings closely. However, those who were foolish did not care about His teachings and they chose their own path instead.

Surround yourself with people who are going to speak truth into your life with love and grace. As you are built up by others, you can strengthen others with truth and love. That is the beauty of a Body that is operating all together in wisdom and unity.

QUESTION 1. In what areas of your life are you ignoring the counsel of others and walking down your own path?
QUESTION 2. Who can you trust to speak the truth in love into your life?
CHALLENGE: Find one person that you can receive godly wisdom from this week and then talk to them.
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