At my 40th high school class reunion this summer I observed how nicely some of my classmates had mellowed with age. The things that were important to us a few years ago just aren’t so much anymore. We’re less concerned about non-essentials, and I think we’ve become better listeners.
Never Stop Learning
Hopefully, we put foolishness behind us as we grow older. According to Strong’s Concordance the original meaning of fool is a person who is stupid or silly. And Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines stupid as showing a lack of the ability to learn and understand things.
“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2 NIV).
“The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives” (verse 6-7).
“From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (verses 21-22).
One thing I like about harvest time is having plenty to share. The satisfaction I feel when I’ve given someone just the right words is priceless.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis