39 of 52 Voices October 7, 2014
The C3 Leaders devotion is a peer weekly reflection from business leaders related to their journey with Christ. Each weekly devotion will be written by a different author from among the C3 Leaders community.
As we go through this next year together, we pray that these words and reflections will encourage you in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
By Scott Schumacher, Owner, Express Employment Professionals (Shoreline office)
Proverbs 13:10 “Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”
The writer of Proverbs contrasts the person that is prideful versus the one that is open to advice. Not one of us knows everything, as much as we like to think we do, and sometimes we act out as such.
Our culture often does not reward or recognize this idea of admitting that we do not know something or that we have been wrong. Instead, this is seen as a sign of weakness or lack of confidence. The Bible calls this Pride and is often at the root of our sins.
Pride creates strife: conflict, disagreement, discord and rivalry. These are not conducive to a healthy and happy life. Strife saps your energy, creates pain and is fruitless. Often we think we know what is right, and perhaps we do, but if we are open to suggestions or ideas from others we will find greater harmony and peace. Proverbs calls this willingness wisdom, something we all desire and need.
Proverbs speaks of wisdom not from a “worldly wisdom” perspective but from a Godly perspective. God clearly states in 1 Corinthians 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” His wisdom is based upon getting to know Him through His son Jesus and the written Word.
And maybe, just maybe, the ideas offered will have merit!