“The heart of the wise will easily accept instruction. But those who do all the talking are too busy to listen and learn. They’ll just keep stumbling ahead into the mess they created.” (Proverbs 10: 8, the Passion Translation)
Listening is wisdom. It may seem that we need to prove our intelligence, our convictions, by our words. We may get in the habit of talking in order either to call attention to ourselves or even to cover for our insecurities.
But let’s discover that true wisdom in our hearts and be sure that we listen enough to learn, and to love. If we want to grow in understanding and in grace, to find resolution and advancement and success, we would do best to heed instruction, to be open to new ideas and answers. Being a know-it-all, means we are stuck in the ego’s answers. Humbly listening—especially to God’s guidance—brings us the answers that are truly right and progressive, and which cause us both to thrive individually and to harmonize with others.
We can learn the sweet satisfaction of quietness, of listening with our hearts for God’s lovely and loving voice. We can remember that learning is growth, and growth is life. We can yearn to hear what others have to say, while also sharing our own goodness and inspiration with humility and wisdom.
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