“A fool is in love with his own opinion,
But wisdom means being teachable” (Proverbs 12:15 TPT)
There are many things I am in love with. Sunshine. Jesus. My kids. Peace. My Mom and Dad. Smiling. Bob (especially Bob)…but I really do NOT want to be in love with my own opinion. In fact, I want to learn to listen without wondering what I’m going to say next. I want to surrender my ideas to the Lord. I want God’s opinion. And I want to be gentle and see other’s opinions as a gift to me – offering an opportunity to grow and learn and be rich in wisdom.
A wise person answers the questions that people are actually asking!
Yesterday I was with people that I love, and they were pushing each other’s buttons, and because I know some of their history and the buried pain that they carry, I thought I knew the answer and solution to this relationship hiccup! Too bad I didn’t think ahead before I approached them and told my solution. Too bad I tried to control the situation from my own strength! I think you can guess that it didn’t turn out the way I originally dreamed it would. It all ended up “okay” but I learned my lesson (again) that it’s important to be aware of over-helping, and I simply do not want to be in love with my opinion of people of how they can get their hearts healed, and rather patiently bless them on their own journey!
A wise person asks God questions because He loves us with accuracy!
Just as Moses was called a “friend of God” we have the invitation to have an intimate conversation with God and walk and talk with him about the places we get hurt and overwhelmed. This morning, as I was confessing to God my weakness in this area, I felt the comfort of the Holy Spirit. If I felt frustrated because I felt I “had an answer” for someone’s hurting heart, and they didn’t want to know about it, can you imagine how He feels? He has the answer for every single person! He knows the past, He knows exactly where every person needs unconditional love the most, and He deeply loves all of us. Yet, He patiently allows us to take our journey, make blunders until we finally ask Him the questions that will lead to our freedom.
Instead of being frustrated with others not asking the right questions, I choose to be wise and ask God the important questions and surrender to His opinion on a very regular basis.
Today is my day to hear the Lord’s opinion for the decisions I make, the places I go, and the thoughts that I think. I am in love with my Heavenly Father who disciplines me because He loves me so much. I desire His ideas, His ways, and His thoughts.
Love and Hugs,
P.S. Our approach to helping marriages is to ask couples the important questions, possibly questions they have never thought about, for the purpose of deep connection.
We really appreciate your prayers as we begin our 4-day Marriage Intensive this week. Couples have sacrificed to get here, some as their last hope for their family. We know that with God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. Thank you for investing in these families by praying that we will communicate God’s wisdom, hope, and solutions. We are trusting God to heal broken hearts and relationships like only He can! (www.lovemarriedlife.com) #fightforfamilies