Smart and Beautiful Too!

The first to present his case seems right,
Till another comes forward and questions him
(Proverbs 18:17)
oldcouple.jpgA man turned to his wife and said, “How can you be so incredibly beautiful and as unbelievably stupid at the same time?”
“Well,” his little darling replied, “It’s God’s will. He made me incredibly beautiful so that you could be attracted to me, and unbelievably stupid so I would be attracted to you!”
The only thing I have to add to that story is that someone might not have been quite as stupid as she seemed! Nothing is so simple as it seems at first. Little children learn at first that they “came from the hospital”. It gets more complicated than that, as you might have heard.
When I was a college student, I had a highly efficient “hypocrite detector.” I could spot the older generation’s hypocrisy a mile away. The answers were simple, if people would only listen to me give them. What should the church be like? How should preachers preach? What were the secrets to raising a child right? It was all so simple then.
Perhaps young people loose their idealism, that’s one way of looking at it, but I suspect that what we learn as we get older is humility. At least I hope we do. We learn that our perceptions of events are our perceptions only, and not always the definitive truth. We learn that our interpretation of scripture should be evaluated, and revaluated again. We learn that we, too, can make mistakes and hurt those around us.
The pity is that although some grow older, they never learn this. They go through life convinced that everybody else must get their act together. They believe that there are only two ways to do a thing; “My way, and the wrong way”. They lack the wisdom to see another point of view, and they never make amends for a mistake, because — you guessed it — they never make mistakes.
This attitude wrecks havoc with marriages, friendships, and churches. So just a word of advice this week, if I may. Take another look at that “stupid” person. There might be more to her than meets the eye!


As we get older we learn, or ought to learn, humility.

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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