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Friday, August 13, 2010

Listen for Wisdom

Over the past couple of days, my readings in Proverbs have stirred me to contemplate listening to the wisdom of others.

So often, I think I know something. In pride, I don't want to lose face by asking for help or admitting that someone else is more knowledgeable in a particular area.

This habit is foolish. I need to be open to what I can learn from others.

Admitting that I have something to learn is not admitting stupidity; it is showing wisdom. Instead of showing a lack of knowledge, a desire to learn shows wisdom. Rather than remaining satisfied with a low level of competence, a willingness to receive advice shows wisdom.

Instead of acting smart, I need to listen and develop wisdom.