Tak­ing ad­vice

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Proverbs 19 vs 20

“Lis­ten to coun­sel and re­ceive in­struc­tion, That you may be wise in your lat­ter days.”

Be­ing told what to do is prob­a­bly one of the hard­est things to ac­cept. Be­ing told when you are wrong and hav­ing to ac­cept cor­rec­tion can be a very dif­fi­cult pill to swal­low.

I have had the priv­i­lege of hang­ing out with peo­ple who are younger than me, and there is one that stands out. When­ever we speak she is quick to put me in place, she tells me when I am wrong and she is not scared to point me in the right di­rec­tion.

In most in­stances I am out­rightly told no and that I should re­think my sug­ges­tion or view­point. I sup­pose the en­ergy of youth cre­ates con­fi­dence, a bit like when David stepped out and be­lieved he could de­feat Go­liath. He had faith that if he was given the op­por­tu­nity to fight Go­liath, he would con­quer.

All the old men around him had lost all hope of wag­ing a war against Go­liath and suc­ceed­ing. What was in front of them was im­pos­si­bil­ity; the be­lief that this gi­ant could not be stopped was firmly planted in their minds. We are guilty of be­ing like Saul’s army, we break down and lose faith at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity; we see all the in­sur­mount­able walls that can­not be scaled.

As I thought about the con­ver­sa­tions I have had with my young friend, I could clearly see how of­ten we lose track of things, reach con­clu­sions and hin­der our abil­ity to suc­ceed based on all the ob­sta­cles we place in front of us. How­ever within the con­text of the ad­vice we are given, we must also be aware that age comes with a cer­tain amount of wis­dom that has been gained be­cause of ex­pe­ri­ence.

It’s not al­ways easy to ac­cept a dif­fer­ent opin­ion from some­one else’s but God places peo­ple in our lives that are meant to help us along, di­rect us, en­cour­age us and more im­por­tantly straighten us out.

We should not al­ways look at cor­rec­tion as a bad thing. When peo­ple have a dif­fer­ent view­point our nat­u­ral ten­dency should not be to re­sist. In­stead we should be open minded and look at things with an ob­jec­tive to im­prove.

Saul could have to­tally re­fused for David to go into bat­tle against Go­liath, but be­cause he opened his mind and al­lowed him to, his­tory was changed for­ever. The young man helped to bring about a great vic­tory and lift the spir­its of an oth­er­wise bro­ken and fear­ful peo­ple.

Peo­ple come into our lives be­cause the Lord has al­lowed them to be there. We may not know at the time why they are there or what role they seek to play, but the Lord in His wis­dom knows.

So the next time some­one gives you good ad­vice, take time to lis­ten and ac­tu­ally try to do what they sug­gest. You never know, they may have been sent from above, they may be your guardian an­gel who is meant to min­is­ter to you and help you cross the bridges that lie ahead.

Lis­ten­ing can be very dif­fi­cult, take a lit­tle time to lis­ten to all the things that are said. Ask the Lord to im­press upon you all the things that you need to dili­gently seek, lis­ten to and mend in your life. Look around you, all those peo­ple are your guardian an­gels sent from above to help you on this jour­ney, let them help you.

Be blessed

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