Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fools Have Nothing to Say

Proverbs 24:7
Wisdom is too high for a fool;
in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.

This proverb is definitely straight to the point! Wisdom and foolish people do not walk hand in hand. Apparently, they can't even enjoy a simple gathering together. Either everything that the wise person says is going to go over the fools head or the fool will constantly use banter that does not interest the wise.

Look, we all know someone, and hopefully its not you, that never has a thoughtful opinion to contribute about anything in the real world. They can tell you what's going on on reality or game shows, but won't offer much to any intelligent conversation. I went to college with a girl like that. She was very opinionated behind closed doors, but put her in front of a group of people with half a brain and its like she instantly became dumb and deaf all at once. However, that's what happens when you haven't taken the time to seek any kind of wisdom. You get to an assembly of people and have absolutely nothing worthwhile to say. Do you look foolish? I'd say, "YES!" Either because you can't keep up with the convo or everyone makes a confused face every time you open your mouth.

Everyone loves that funny friend that seems like they don't care too deeply about anything, BUT only for a season. We all want to be stimulated once in awhile and learn new things here and there. Eventually people are going to figure out that they are always giving knowledge to you, but you never, ever return the favor! You don't give them anything they can quote at the next shindig!

I believe in faking it until you make it. Even if you start with just your local news, at least you're taking a step in the wise direction. Watch the news for 30 minutes a day or read the newspaper headlines along with the first paragraph of each story. You'll be surprised at how many topics will sincerely interest you. Taking those small steps will give you some insight into what's really going around you. You may think that no one notices how you shut down once the mindless chatter stops and adult convo kicks in, but trust me they do! Not only do they notice you zoning out and staring into space, they also can smell the intimidation oozing out of your pores.

So the next time you're socializing with a group of people, have something intelligent to add to the conversation. Even if they're not talking about what you've learned specifically, find a way to work it in there! Show people that being wise is not over your head or too high for you. Not only will you gain their admiration, but you may gain more out of your friendships.

Seek Wisdom, Find Wealth and Be Blessed!

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