Isn’t it interesting how some songs stick in your head? I’ve heard people joke about catching a “tune virus.” I can tell you for sure I’d rather catch that virus than some of the other viruses we’ve had around lately!
A little ditty I have taught our Rwandan students is based on Proverbs 19:20, where we read (or sing): “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”
“Ubwenge” is the Kinyarwanda word for “wisdom.” One of the foundational lessons we are teaching our Hope Haven Rwanda students is to listen to advice. Life is better when we seek wise counsel! The Bible is filled with exhortations to listen to the perspectives of those who’ve gone before you.
It makes so much sense.
Why would you try to manage the complexity of life without humbly seeking counsel from elders? I was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from a dear friend last Friday. When I saw his name splash on the screen, I couldn’t wait to accept his phone call.
Mike has lived a lot longer than I have. In fact, his grandson will be receiving a commission as an US Army officer after graduating from Baylor this summer. Kimberly and I have always had a strong connection with Mike and his lovely wife. When I chatted with him about some of the lessons God has been teaching me lately, Mike gently, but directly, shared some of his own experiences. It was just what I needed to hear. His level of practical wisdom is astonishing!
Kimberly and I take this couple’s advice seriously. In fact, we often post notes from conversations we’ve had with Mike, and several others, on our bathroom mirror as reminders to maintain a proper perspective on life.
As 2022 kicks off, I want to challenge you to seek counsel. When was the last time you intentionally sought the advice of someone who had more life experience than you? I guarantee it will be a blessing both ways. And, in the end, you will be wise!