Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence,
so is sending a message by the hand of a fool.
Like legs that hang limp from the lame,
so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
Have you ever trusted someone you shouldn’t have trusted? Have you ever taken the advice of someone you shouldn’t listened to?
This is a big point of a lot of the book of Proverbs. Listening to the right people. We need to be very careful who we allow to have influence in our lives. We need to be very careful who we allow to say things that we listen to. We need to be very careful about the words we allow to sink into the subconscious parts of our being.
When we allow the words and sayings of the fool to get into our thinking, it can take years and years to overcome the consequences of those ideas. Especially of those ideas take root in our minds and we allow them to affect how we make decisions.
One example is credit cards. For anyone who has used credit cards poorly, you bought into the lie of a fool at some point along the way. You listened to the truthless words of some marketer. You took advice from a guy whose legs don’t work about how to walk a tightrope. It was dumb. It was a bad idea to even listen to him, but you did and you’re going to be paying for it for a long time.
But, if you surround yourself with wise people then you will get much further ahead in life. If you listen to the guy who made a bunch of mistakes with credit cards and has spent a lot of his life trying to overcome them, you’ll be a lot further down the road. If you listen to a guy who knew how to walk, got his legs chopped off and has had to learn to walk all over again, you’re going to be much better off.
So, when the guy with prosthetics talks to you about walking listen. When the guy who’s never walked a day in his life tells you how to walk, smile and nod. Then walk away.