Ponderings: Taking Advice from Others

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by: Denise Robinson

11/18/2022

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Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
(Psalm 1:1-3,6).
Advice isn't hard to come by these days. For anything that ails us; for any problem we might have or think we have, there’s a book, self-help guru, TV show, radio or podcast host, or website offering a variety of opinions on how to "fix" it. Of course, they usually don't agree, but just pick the one that sounds the best (usually the easiest and the cheapest) and go with it! And if you're still uncertain, remember that the answers to all life's questions can be found through a simple Google search, right? 
But is the advice we're getting trustworthy? Is taking the easy path always the best one? Psalm 1 reminds us that the happiest people, and the ones who will prosper in the end, are those who don’t take bad advice just because it’s easier or the easiest road just because more people are on it; instead, they do the hard work of growing in faith and love. The Lord will watch over them. 
Just a few words to ponder. Have a blessed day!
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Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
(Psalm 1:1-3,6).
Advice isn't hard to come by these days. For anything that ails us; for any problem we might have or think we have, there’s a book, self-help guru, TV show, radio or podcast host, or website offering a variety of opinions on how to "fix" it. Of course, they usually don't agree, but just pick the one that sounds the best (usually the easiest and the cheapest) and go with it! And if you're still uncertain, remember that the answers to all life's questions can be found through a simple Google search, right? 
But is the advice we're getting trustworthy? Is taking the easy path always the best one? Psalm 1 reminds us that the happiest people, and the ones who will prosper in the end, are those who don’t take bad advice just because it’s easier or the easiest road just because more people are on it; instead, they do the hard work of growing in faith and love. The Lord will watch over them. 
Just a few words to ponder. Have a blessed day!
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