I was thinking of some people who I know are experiencing pain, loss and other negative consequences due to poor choices. Some of them continue to suffer the same implications for the same negative behaviors. There are also some who I have known to ignore sound advice. In my thoughts, a Rhema (which also can be called an a-ha moment or catharsis) came to my mind, “they are going through hard times because they believe that bought sense is the best sense.”
Most of us have heard the adage, “Bought sense is the best sense.” No, no, no!!! Bought sense comes with a price; a price that you may have to pay for the rest of your life. Suppose, someone ignored the warnings of the dangers of texting and driving; then they had a car accident. Suppose they lost the use of both their legs, and are now going to high schools to warn students not to text and drive. Has that person, who is now in the wheelchair, learned the lessons of not texting and driving? Of course; but they paid a dear price for that sense.
I have had one of my sons, as a teenager say to me,” I want to make my own mistakes.” Foolish, foolish, foolish!!! I am certain most of us can look at our lives and wish we would have listened to the counsel of someone, instead of learning the lesson the hard way.
As a new Christian, my mentor said to me:
“Sharon, I have gone through some things, and I will give you the wisdom I learned from them. My experiences have paid the price (the sense) for you, and you will not suffer as I have….”
I have lived long enough to know the value of seeking wise counsel. I have learned to “borrow” sense, rather than “buy” sense. The price of buying sense can be too costly.
And this is Truly Said™.
The Sword: Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. Proverbs 15:22 (NLT)
The Application: Do not be quick to move until you seek counsel from people who are living a Godly life, a life of integrity, and senior people. It takes humility to ask for help. You don’t have to argue your point with them if you don’t agree with their counsel. Just say, “ Thanks. I will give what you say some thought.” Be gracious, because guess what; no one can make you do what they suggest.