Ok, so I have to be honest right up front and say that this post has nothing to do with the picture above. But, the hub and I took the pic the other night (Well, he took it, I edited it) and I really like it. Plus, I’m writing this blog post as the sun is once again setting over the Mississippi.
Here’s what the post IS about:
I’m reading the Bible and there it is, through Solomon, God says the “S” word. Well, at least that’s what our boys used to call it–because they weren’t allowed to say “stupid.” So in not “sinning” by saying “stupid,” they would “sin” by tattling on someone! This makes perfect sense to a kid.
“Ummm, mom, he said the “S” word.”
I remember the first time our oldest said that about one of his friends. I became a bit concerned about what was going on in their 8 year old worlds. When I asked him what he was talking about, son #1 replied, “You know. He said “stupid.”
“Ohhhhhhh… I see. Well, OK son, he shouldn’t have said that. Go play!”
This evening laughed a bit as I thought about what my then 8 year old would have done if he had realized that Solomon said it, too. He probably would have thought, “He was probably influenced by all those wives and concubines.” (He was a bit advanced for his age in Bible knowledge!)
So what is it that Solomon though was so stupid?
The answer. . .to hate correction.
Yup! He who hates correction is stupid!
And the truth is, that’s pretty much the truth.
It’s also prideful. And of course, to be prideful, is well, stupid.
A teachable, humble heart is worth a lot. To be willing to accept correction, and let someone else help you adjust, redirect, and recognize that some change needs to take place is well, not stupid. Nope. It’s smart. In fact, not only is it smart, it’s genius! (Insert intern humor here. Don’t worry, she’ll get it!)
So Word Up! Take a little tip from Solomon and remember, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:1 NIV)