Everything a foolish person does “seems” right to them, that’s why they do it! Wise people understand that simply believing a course of action to be right, doesn’t make it right. Knowing this, they open themselves to other points of view and receive counsel for major decisions. More than that, when are presented with truth that challenges their opinions, they actually HEED the advice. This is a huge key to Wisdom.
Wise people start with the assumption that they have much to learn and don’t know everything. Foolish people assume that because they think it, it’s right. Wise people see the value of getting advice and understand that there is safety in the multitude of counsel. Foolish people run full steam ahead into every problem, KNOWING that their way is right. Even in the face of crushing personal defeat as a result of poor decisions, the fool rages against all sound judgment. (Pro. 19:3)
Wise people don’t start with the assumption that they are right. They understand that they may not be seeing the entire picture and TRUST those close to them to help them discern the right path. I am ALL ABOUT the priesthood of every believer and our ability to hear from God for ourselves. You shouldn’t have to go to your Pastor or friend to decide what to have for dinner or what to wear to work. But at the same time we need to realize that at best, we see in part:
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part,” – I Corinthians 13:9
We need the body of Christ! Foolish people see no value in sharing their lives with other believers and running things by (many times, older &) wiser people. Why? Because their way “seems” right to them… all the time! Only a great fool would assume that they know all, see all and understand all.
Find someone with lots of wrinkles and gray hair and HEED their advice!