Have you ever had a well-meaning, old lady come up to you in the grocery store and point out the fact that your baby doesn’t have socks on and why they should have socks on? Surely, his feet are freezing.
While she may think that she is offering up a bit of wisdom to us young new age moms, we usually roll our eyes and get annoyed that she thinks she has the right to do so. Who does she think she is anyways?
Unwelcome advice usually is never received with grace.
But if we stop to think about it from her perspective, she does think she is well meaning and really does think the baby is uncomfortable. Even if it’s 75 degrees outside. To her the grocery store is chilly and she’s concerned.
Often times, our pride makes us feel offended instead of listening with an open mind.
While an incident such as this may not happen every day and doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of life. The baby won’t die from not having socks on a warm day. But I do think that we should stop and listen to older people’s wisdom, advice and rebuke more than we do.
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:5
You see, they’ve lived longer than we have, they have seen things that we have yet to see and most likely experienced some hard things that perhaps we will face one day. Whether we ask for their insight or not, we should always be listening with an open mind and heart.
We don’t always have to be quick to judge and be quick to be offensive when someone offers up some bit of advice. What they have to say could make an impact on our life if we are opened to the idea.
Wisdom comes with age.
Wisdom is learned at the end of one’s life than at the beginning.
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. Proverbs 15:31
If you want to be wise when you’re in your old age, it comes by seeking wisdom and listening to the advice and the reproof of the older generation.
Don’t balk at it. Don’t harden your neck at it. Slow down to listen and absorb what it is that they have to say. Your pride may not always like it but listen anyways.
People that pour into you, who take the time to instruct you and give you advice or warn you when you are making a poor decision are the people that love you and care about your future the most. These are the people to surround yourself with. The older generation has wisdom to pass down; if only we’d listen.
We need to start listening to the older generation.
Your turn! Do you take time to listen to the older generation? Or are you too hurried in your busy life to care? How do you let the older generation pour into you? Let’s talk in the comments below!
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