Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 29, 2015

"The  way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel....." Proverbs 12:15

When I am driving, especially on a long trip, I am glad to have someone else with me. There are several reasons for that but a big reason is because I have a pretty big blind spot. Because of an old weight-lifting injury I don't have full range of motion when turning my hear to the right or the left. As a result, I worry about changing lanes finding a car there that I didn't see.

Unfortunately, that is not the only area where I have blind spots in my life. So, I need other trusted people to share life with me. I need people who can see my blind spots and tell me to stay in my lane.

I have had enough near misses while driving at interstate speeds (or above) that I know I could have had a disaster if it weren't for others helping me with my blind spot. Not only is that true of my driving but it is true of my life.

Do you have someone like that in your life?

Do you have someone else you are helping like that?

One of my responsibilities as a father, grandfather, friend and pastor is to help those I love to be protected from their blind spots.

As I look back on the greatest regrets in my life they happened because I pulled into a blind spot. Either I didn't rely on friends or else I didn't listen when they warned me.

Blind spots are usually caused by getting too emotionally involved in a situation. Emotion almost always clouds our vision cripples our objectivity.

Emotions are powerful and add many wonderful joys to your life. But they can also lead you to destruction.

That is why wise people never travel alone. They ware well aware of their blind spots and live in fear of getting out of their lane and into a disaster. Wise people always walk through life with trusted companions and counselors.

Don't be a lone ranger and think you can ride through life by yourself. If you are doing that you are very unwise and on the verge of disaster.

God has placed people in your life who love you and who can see your blind spots and who care enough to warn you when you need to stay in your lane! Are you wise enough and humble enough to listen?

Take some time to identify those people in your life.

Take time to thank God for them.

Ask God to give you the grace and humility to seek their counsel and heed it.