Friday, September 4, 2015

Proverbs 18:13 -- On Not Skipping to the Answer

"He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him."
Proverbs 18:13

This verse tells us that we have to listen and understand before making decisions.  We probably already know this on some level, but I also think that we often gloss over this thought, thinking that we know better... kind of like when you are doing a crossword and you keep skipping to the answer in the back, rather than even thinking about the clues.  Makes the whole thing kind of pointless to not leave room for engagement and discovery.
The same thing goes for other things in life too.  If we take the time to listen and study and learn, even if we think it is redundant, about the things that we are seeing, and the issues we are deciding, we might discover something new.  Today, let's be a little bit more patient, and give ourselves time for enjoyment and consideration.  Let's listen to the people around us and give them a chance to make their case, really considering their words rather than deciding beforehand.  Let's get the right answer instead of the fast one.  Let's allow ourselves to consider new ways and new ideas, no matter where they come from.  Let's not lose the truth because it comes in an ugly package.

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