The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15
The words “fool” and “wise” don’t leave much room for gray. How you approach life makes you one or the other. There is no in-between.
If you believe that you are exactly right on something and that you don’t need to listen to anyone else, then you are a fool. I’m not calling you a fool. The Bible is. Sometimes the Bible calls me a fool too.
By contrast, the wise person assumes that they don’t see all of the angles. They know that they have blind spots. They know that evaluating themselves is difficult, because it’s too personal. So, they seek out others and listen to their advice. That doesn’t mean that they take all of the advice they hear, but it does mean that they process their decisions with others and work through things before moving forward.
The fool rushes in. The wise person counts the cost and weighs things out.
What seems right to you these days? What are you actively pursuing that you haven’t talked to anyone else about? We have all made foolish mistakes. Why not seek the counsel of others just to process your decision? You might just come out wiser in the process.
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