Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Learn from Experience . . . yours or someone else's!

He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding. (Proverbs 15:32)

Life has a way of putting everyone on an equal playing field. Experience lets everyone know that life is real and no one can live in a glass house or safety bubble.

No matter how well off we may be or how little we can claim to possess, life goes on. I recall going into New Orleans five years ago on my our first efforts to serve in the rebuilding process. Yes, those in the poorer sections were hit hard, however, the storm did not discriminate at all. Folks from all walks of life had tragic stories to tell.

Growing up,no matter our economic situation, we all need to heed discipline and learn from our own and other's experience. We need to not do the things older folks tell us not to do! We do not have to experience driving drunk to know the consequences. We do not have to wait to be abused by someone to leave a realtionship when we have been warned of the signs. When we are corrected, either by experience or through someone's advice, we need to learn then, not later!

Solomon tells us (Proverbs 1:7-33)that wisdom calls out in the streets and in the marketplace. He shares with his son that God (wisdom) will not continue to be mocked and ignored. There will come a time when God will have no more of our foolishness and give us over to our own choices.(Romans 1:18-32)

We all know better. The things we have learned and the things we have been taught are for our good. Let's not be stupid! Let's learn from others and our own experiences not foolishly anymore.

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