“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” Proverbs 13:10
How often do I let my pride get in the way of simply listening to advice? I see it in myself, my kids and all around me.
We all want to be right.
We all want to be heard.
Here’s my challenge, especially when it comes to correcting my kiddos. I want them to listen to me, I want them to truly hear what I am so that they will take to heart the mistakes I made and not have to suffer as I did.
I didn’t listen to my parents.
On the other hand, they also want to be heard. What they have to say is important, though time, place, and tone of voice are an important part. Respect is a two-way street. A two-way street that has lots of traffic! Life is going on simultaneously in each member of our family. Everyone is struggling or succeeding on different levels and at different times. Will I look past the external behavior to see what is going on the heart of my child? Will I see the pain and anguish that they carry, or simply “change lanes” hurridly trying to make it to the next destination or need?
Lord help me to see their needs, set aside my own when necessary, and help lead them through life. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen!