The person who hears the reproof that leads to life
is at home among the wise.
The one who refuses correction despises himself,
but whoever hears reproof acquires understanding.
Ever feel like a fish out of water? I have. On numerous occasions. Like the time my wife and I dressed up to go to the symphony in a town where people don’t dress up to go to the symphony. That was fun. Or the time when I accidentally walked into the women’s bathroom at a movie theater. At least I noticed my mistake immediately and my only embarrassment was walking in, not something worse!
There have been other times too. Like when I found myself in a conversation with people who were much smarter than me. And when I tried to join in the conversation, the words I spoke were so irrelevant that it would have been better if I hadn’t said anything at all.
Have you ever felt like that? That’s going to happen in life, just because there are so many different kinds of people. However, one place you want to always feel at home is among the wise. You don’t ever want to feel like you’re so unwise that you don’t have anything to say.
How do you get there? It’s a daily pursuit of wisdom. You have constantly seek to live and learn the Proverbious life. You have to look at your life as a lesson. You have to look at the way you live as a classroom. You’re not the teacher, you’re the pupil.
If you think you have learned the ways of wisdom and should be teaching instead of learning, you probably need to just listen for a while. Chances are, if you say something, everyone around you who is wise will know that you are not.