Friday, August 2

watch for the bite!

We did a lot of hiking, walking, and running during our travels. In some areas we grew accustomed to seeing the regular signs and didn't really pay attention to them much after awhile.
Then one day a man and his family were stopped by one of these signs.  We stopped, too, and became quiet like they were as he pointed out the sound of the rattle of the nearby rattlesnake. Suddenly we realized how important it was to be watchful in areas we had grown comfortable hiking in.

I thought of that when I read this recently:  "The areas in which you feel most comfortable or most learned are the very areas in which we ultimately will prove most vulnerable.  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes." ~ Charles Stanley

Ahhh, the old pride comes before the fall thing.

When we do know how to do something well through experience or learning, it's easy to become comfortable and go with the flow.  We're not concerned about failing or falling because we've become mini-experts.  Our attitude can become one of humbleness for being blessed with that giftedness in that area OR our attitude can become a bit arrogant thinking we know it all.  That usually reveals itself when someone offers a tip or suggestion to help us do it better and we totally reject it.  IF that's the case, may you be discerning enough to recognize the close-up sign of a possible BITE of the rattlesnake.  

Perhaps this is a lesson that becomes clearer as you get older? It does seem that the older I get, the more I realize I don't know.  There's more of a willingness to admit that I don't know everything and my mind is always open to suggestions.  I want to learn knowledge that is helpful. 

More importantly, it has become easier to seek God's wisdom. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." ~ James 1:5  God's wisdom really is the best because HE knows ALL things!

Seek Him in ALL things you do, even those things you do well comfortably, and avoid the BITE!

Tammy ~@~

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