Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10 (NIV)
Do you think that you know it all? Can you answer every question? Do you see every side of every issue? Are you needing no council? Are you accepting no advice? Are you so very wise in your own eyes? I would never say yes to even one of your questions. Why is that? I have been foolish. I have been filled with pride. I have been so very full of myself. My own pride has prevented wisdom from being poured into my life. That is not good.
How has your pride filled life been working out for you? It is a dangerous thing to be filled with pride. Why is that? I need guidance. I need direction. My perspective is limited. My range of vision is short sighted. I have made bad choices. I have made missteps. I have wandered to where I should not have gone. I have done what I should not have done. My own pride has left me bruised and battered and broken by life. Others had words of advice I could not hear. Others gave me warnings that I would not heed. I have lived a mistake filled, pride filled, life. That is not good.
Is there some sign that would serve as a warning to you? How will you know if you are living a pride filled life? What will be a signal of danger for you? Those are very good questions. Nothing would be more of a clear signal of my pride than arguing. Why is that? Arguing with others is an indication that I don’t think I need advice. Arguing is a statement that says I know it all. Arguing is signal that says I think I have all that I need. That is a mistake. That is not true. I desperately need advice. I don’t know it all. I know very little. I need all the wisdom and advice and help that you and others can offer to me.
Is there a sign that will tell you that you are in a good place? What will tell you that you are living a humble life that acknowledges that you need help? Listening to you and listening to others is where I want to be and what I want to do. If I’m listening and not arguing, then I will know that I am ready, willing and able to humbly receive advice. Will you humbly listen to me for my advice? Will you humbly listen to others for their advice? Yes, Lord, I will humbly listen to your advice. Yes, I will also humbly listen to advice from others. That will be very good.
Lord, there have been many times when I have acted as an expert. I lived as if I knew it all. I was sure. I was un-teachable. I was wrong. It was a sin. I am sorry. I am ready to receive advice. Help to me to humbly listen to wise counsel from you and others. Amen
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