Proverbs 18:2 A fool does not delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own mind.
A number of year’s ago a young pastor called me up and asked if he could take me out to lunch and pick my brain for wisdom on how to be a successful pastor. I agreed and anticipated a good lunch with a young, humble wisdom seeker. But it turned out to be a boring and frustrating hour of listening as this young guy talked non-stop about everything and anything about his own life including his first visit to the dentist.
After I said that I needed to go he thanked me for the time, and said, “we need to do this again!” I responded with a polite “sure,” but in my mind I said, “fat chance.” He didn’t last long as a Pastor, which didn’t surprise me. I wondered all the time that he was jabbering to me if anyone had ever told him to shut up, and listen for a while, probably not.
It is a mystery to me how people can grow up physically to be adults and have major blind spots, character flaws, and relational disabilities and seem totally oblivious to them.
When I get out of the shower I don’t like to look at myself in the mirror naked. I have to many rolls and saggy parts that make me look like the doughboy. I have often said that the more cloths that I have on the better I look. I don’t like to look at my real, inner person either. When I look carefully I see to many imperfections. I like to cover up and pretend that I am OK.
Though that is what I am most comfortable doing, I am committed to growing and pursuing character, righteousness, and maturity. I think reflectively about who I am and I set goals that will challenge me and motivate me to grow.
It is almost December. It is time to set your goals for 2022. When you get them done, send me a copy and I will put them in my prayer app under your name and will pray faithfully that you accomplish them.