The Friendly Spectator?
If your wisdom was a tree, the soil would be all your experiences good and bad. The root, however, is a strong daily decision. And the biblical seed? Read it below:
“In all your acquiring, acquire understanding (Proverbs 4:7).”
Now imagine a plan to ruin that routine and all the growth potential! Then put a smile and a head nod on this obstacle. Smaller than a king, queen, or even a rookie, is a “checker” able to put your whole garden of wisdom in “checkmate.” Beware of The Friendly Spectator.
See most obstacles to your spiritual success stand boldly and clearly in your way! But how many people size up a smiling mannequin with a receptive head nod. They’re there for “…there there…” when you reveal all your personal problems. But they offer nothing else:
- no scripture
- no empathy
- no sidekick reflex
- no helpful experience offered (or even Googled)
So this Friendly Spectator strengthens the artificial power of the dilemma over their so-called friend!
But what’s real problem with this? I’ll tell you as soon as you answer this: How are you getting any understanding? How exactly are you lacing your pain with your new wisdom preventing a next time? Where’s your root? How can your tree stand?
Every time you bow to vanity eager to confide in a Friendly Spectator, you become more addicted to “a hope deferred (Proverbs 13:12). Late rapper Tupac Shakur termed this experience “falling in love with the struggle.” It isolates your problems away from strategy, let alone your Christian rights. This method is too lukewarm to be effective!
Here’s good news. Jumping over a Friendly Spectator is easy since these “checkers” literally just sit there. Simply stop sharing your deepest dilemmas with them, keeping everything in the “rhetoric zone” with phrases like “can’t complain… same 'ol same 'ol… how about you?” You can absolutely be friendly without your daily bio. Talk about victory in general. Only wisdom gets to hear you intimately because its fruits always taste like change.
After you jump, you may get some “conversation coupons.” Surely their former ear may seem provocative. But don’t relapse! Instead extend your ear out to God.
Between true friends, this is a blessing. As iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man. Remember? God bless!
Click on An Obstacle Below to Jump:
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Buy truth and do not sell it.
O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart.
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your intimate friend;
Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding;
So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
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