Proverbs 19:20 – Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. (NIV)
"You should try this new product," a friend told me, after I complained that my hair was hanging down like Bugs Bunny's ears on a bad "hare" day. I hadn't been at the breakfast meeting very long before I began to hear advice. One person offered advice about what foods she felt would help us to have more energy. Another expounded enthusiastically on the best way to ensure that our children practiced their piano lessons, while another told of a popular television personality's solution to cure a spouse who snores. Soon I'd gathered enough advice to start my own column in the local newspaper.
Later, when I recalled the conversations, I wondered why it was that we are so quick to offer our recommendations on how to overcome the small annoyances in our lives, yet if one of our friends said, "My life is the pits!" many of us would find it difficult to tell them that God cares about their situation.
We need to tell our friends and family members that almighty God cared enough for them that He sent His Son to earth to experience everything we will ever go through — pain, hunger, rejection, betrayal, and death. We need to tell our world that Jesus bore the weight of our sins, and carried them to the cross at Calvary. We need to share with them the advice for living from His Word, the Bible. Not only do we need to share with others, we need to read His words, and then to put them into practice in our daily lives.
Prayer: Dear God, help us not to be so slow when it comes to telling our friends about You and Your love for us. Amen.