Ecclesiastes Study/ Holiness

Why We Should Listen to the Older Generation

Do you balk at older people giving you advice? Do you roll your eyes every time a little old lady tells you your baby needs socks on? While sometimes it may be annoying, many times we should stop and listen more than we do. It is important to listen to the older generation and here's why.

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  

Do you balk at older people giving you advice? Do you roll your eyes every time a little old lady tells you your baby needs socks on? While sometimes it may be annoying, many times we should stop and listen more than we do. It is important to listen to the older generation and here's why.

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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    April 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    This is so true Ana! I agree that we tend to write off the older generation, when they truly have a lot of wisdom to share with us. They had hardships that we could certainly learn from and probably some “old fashioned” advice we should follow! Linking up with you at Monday Musings.

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    Robin Pack
    April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I try to take the time to listen to elderly people who’s path may cross with mine. Sometimes I think they are just lonely and need someone to talk with. I try to not be in such a rush, because life is fleeting and these are moments that just may bring a smile to that person’s face!

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    April 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Yes! I just spent a day with my grandparents who live across the country. Being with them forces me to slow down and remember what is really most important in life. That perspective comes most often with age. Thank-you for sharing.

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    Debbie Williams
    April 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

    HA! I am the older generation and I wrote about that yesterday and how we need to pass it on to our children and grandchildren.

    I’m always telling my grandsons to pull off their socks and shoes.

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    October 14, 2016 at 2:01 am

    I am 28 years old and i have more elderly friends and i adore and love my grannies, they make me laugh and same time cry…..just by listening to them give me advise… I believe they are more wiser and they listen without judging. Whatever they tell you comes from a good heart.

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      Anastasia Safee
      October 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Yes, so true. They lived life before us and can offer us so much wisdom and advice. If only we’d take the time to connect and really listen.

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    February 21, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I’m blessed to have an ear for the okder generation. I’m currently taking care of an elderly woman who had just turned 101 in January. It was a new job I started and something completely different than what I’m use to. I’ve learned so much from her and it just amazes me. The way I see it is someone who is 76 years older than me has seen a whole lot of life and being able to hear her stories I can see those stories as she speaks. It’s heart touching and I’m blessed to be working with her. I believe God has put her in my life for a reason.

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      Anastasia Safee
      March 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      That is great Martika! I wish it came more naturally for everyone! You are blessed and I’m sure it’s a blessing to the older people in your life you make time for.

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