Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 4:4 – Daddy May Be Right

“When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.”Proverbs 4:3-4

All of us growing up think our parents have no idea what they are talking about.

Now just stop it.

Don’t pretend like you were such an angel that you never once gave an eye roll or sigh or talked backed to you parents because we all did it.   I know that my parents read these posts so I am well aware that they are sitting back recounting many times when my brothers and I thought we knew what was best and found out later we did not have a clue.

This still happens even now that most of us are out of the house and a have family of our own.  Accepting the fact that we may not know everything can be very hard to swallow.

In fact, all of us have little lawyers inside of our head’s that debate 1 of 3 ways when it comes to accepting or rejecting truth knowledge.

 

Lawyer #1

Its probably true, but I can’t stand the person telling me so I’m going to disagree just because I don’t like them.

Lawyer #2

It might be true, but if I agree with them I will look like I’m an idiot, so I’ll disagree so I don’t look stupid.

Lawyer #3

It is totally true, and I’d be dumb not to agree.

 

The first two internal lawyers always make their closing arguments using the same point of leverage.

Pride.

They count on this pride that cripples our lives in so many ways to convince us that we should not listen to the truth.  When we give into pride we remain ignorant and our spiritual growth is stunted.

But for those of us that choose to listen to the third lawyer, we begin to grow.  We wake up portions of our heart that have been atrophied from neglect.  Life is breathed into our souls and our world gains a Technicolor pallet of colors we never thought existed.

This doesn’t always mean that wisdom will lead to an easier life.  It doesn’t mean that everyone around you will follow the same logic, but don’t let that hold you back.

Choosing wisdom means you stopped listening to dumb voices.  You are refusing to let pride get in the way of your growth.  You are making the decision to not live your life through the jaded views of others.

Decide today to filter the voices you hear not with the lawyers in your head but with the Truth of Jesus in your soul.  Refuse to go through life following the weak-minded advice of the sea of people around you.  That’s the easy road.

Instead, listen for the voice of Jesus calling you to something wiser even if it means admitting that your parents were right all along.

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