Which Way

By Linda Tancs

Frank Sinatra is known for his rendition of the song My Way. It’s an anthem of self-determination wherein you’ll find the statement, “I did it my way.” It’s easy to fall into a trap of wanting to have things your way. As the old idiom attests, “My way or the highway.” But more often than not, we need to get out of our own way. The Bible instructs us not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). It also reminds us that whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool (Proverbs 28:26). When you seek God’s way of doing things, He directs your path (Proverbs 3:6). You can’t outsmart God. Which way are you going? Your way or His way?

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Don’t Be a Fool

By Linda Tancs

April Fool’s Day aside, there’s no good reason to play the fool. From a biblical standpoint, it’s anything but funny. The Bible depicts fools as those who are controlled by their own mind, will and emotions; they’re confident only in themselves and resist instruction.

The Book of Proverbs, specifically, provides a host of information on the characteristics of a fool. For instance, fools only care about their own opinions (Proverbs 18:2) and eschew wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7). They lack discretion and often speak without considering the consequences (Proverbs 18:13; 29:20). They never seem to learn from their prior actions or mistakes (Proverbs 26:11). Worst of all, some don’t believe in God (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).

We all fall short from time to time. Indeed, maybe some of the examples above sound embarrassingly familiar to you. Who hasn’t said, or done, a foolish thing? The key is to resist trusting in yourself too much. Don’t be governed by your own mind, will and emotions at the expense of everything else. Instead, trust in the wisdom of the Scriptures, which help develop prudence, discernment and discretion.