How (Not) to be Foolish

Nobody wants to be foolish, yet it is an escapable fact of life that we will all be foolish at some point or another.

Foolishness is a danger not only to the individuals who manipulated by it but also to their friends and families and ultimately serves to make any aspect of a person’s life worse rather than better.

Foolishness is, for all intents and purposes, a bad thing.

So like any other bad things that we encounter in our lives, the reasonable thing for us to do with regards to foolishness is to move beyond it by defeating it at its source.

However, before we can begin to move beyond foolishness we must ask ourselves a crucial question,”how do I know when I am being foolish?”.

Surprisingly enough, the answer to that question is something along the lines of “I am a fool only when I believe I am wise”.

Strange isn’t it?

Yet, in an attempt to justify this claim let’s go to the book of Proverbs and see if we can find a verse or two that sheds a light on the subject.

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

Proverbs 18:2

Alright, so a foolish person doesn’t listen and learn but rather to express their own views, good, so what else can we find?

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

Ok, so on top of disliking to listen to others a fool also dislike rules and being told what to do, notice we’re starting to see a pattern develop here, let’s keep going.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice

Proverbs 12:15

Let’s put all of this together.

A fool is a person who doesn’t like to listen to other people, doesn’t like to adhere to wisdom and instruction, and does both of those things because he thinks he is in the right.

All of that simplifies down to one thing, a warped relationship between a person and truth.

A fool is a person who accepts his own truth rather than that which is actually true.

A fool is a person who prefers lies and opinions over fact and realities, and that is dangerous.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am foolish a lot of the time and I can be certain of that because I know that I, like many other people, will just say whatever I believe to be true with no basis or no reasoning behind it at all.

In the spur of the moment, regardless of whatever it is I’m talking about or who it is I’m talking to, all I can think about is me being right and the other person being wrong.

When we refuse to listen to other views and other opinions on any subject believing that we already have all the answers, we ignore the consistent messages that Proverbs 18:2, 1;7, and 12:15 and we become foolish.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all knowledge.

Everything that humanity has ever learned or discovered to aid in living and well being over the entirety of our history all leads back to the truth that is the Lord above.

I firmly believe that, and because of that belief, I’m not afraid to question all my other beliefs.

Because I accept that everything that is true about the universe all around me ultimately comes from God, I don’t feel threatened to learn about and discover it.

My faith frees me from the shackles of living in a limited perspective and gives me the wings to journey to places unknown and the eyes to see things unseen.

To put it simply, I’m not afraid to admit that I don’t know everything and because of that, I can look forward to the lessons life has to teach me and to becoming a better person for it as I result.

If that doesn’t sound like you right now, why doesn’t it?

If that doesn’t sound like you then consider this to be an invitation.

Question every belief you have in accordance with scripture.

Question the personal prejudices and biases that you attempt to justify with scripture.

When you find yourself instantly taking a stance on any subject politics, household rules, arguments with friends or family, take a brief moment and genuinely ask yourself “am I right or do I just think I’m right?”.

The ability to question yourself isn’t a weakness it’s a strength.

A strength that will not only save you all sorts of unnecessary suffering and hardship down the road in life but possibly even open a few doors for you along the way.

At the very least, when you question yourself and make a genuine effort to understand the truth of any given issue or situation, there is one thing you can be absolutely sure of.

You, in those moments, are anything but foolish.

 

This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 3

Thanks for Reading!

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