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Isn't it delightful how God puts others into our life with words to give us the direction we need?

Recently a friend, who realized I was concerned with a loved one’s needs, said to me, "Someone once gave me the message of  ‘Stop putting yourself above God.’” The words made me very angry for a few days but I knew the friend behind them would not intentionally hurt me. So I thought about them—a lot—and realized that I was denying the power of God to act in my life.” In addition, my friend regards those words greatly because they saved her, she says, “from missing out on a lot of great things, if I’d followed my own way.”

Because a friend shared wise words with her, she saw the need to do the same. I’m with her. When I’m helped by the wisdom of others, I need to pass it on. Oftentimes, like in her case, the advice causes us to bristle but because she knew that the advisor was truly her friend, she also knew the words came from a loving heart.

Listen to Their Words

A good friend realizes that we all have hopes and dreams, just as they do. They want our best; therefore, when they share advice, let’s open up our tight fists (of emotion) and welcome the gift. They may see us struggling or comprehend that we’re aching to help another. Because they, too, have walked through the tight crevasses and the broad highways, listen to their words.

A quote by the essayist/poet Ralph Waldo Emerson is a favorite of mine, "Friends are kind to each other's hopes. They cherish each other's dreams.” Obviously a friend, who observed his friend needs, Emerson didn’t just take from his friend’s heart store, he helped supply it.

Above all, we need to measure any words of advice given to us; that they equate with God’s approval, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O, Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Then pass it on!

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By Betty Kossick. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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