It is helpful to know that some people really don’t care for me. In fact, they care nothing at all. They don’t have my best interest at heart and are hard-hearted. I need to be wise to discern that reality. I have opened myself up to it before. It is no fun, as we all know.
God has a goal and some wisdom for me. I need to listen carefully and closely. Jesus said “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”
So, my friend, listen closely;
don’t treat my words casually.
Why should you allow strangers to take advantage of you?
Why be exploited by those who care nothing for you?
I can ignore wisdom but it will lead me to ruin and regret. I will be exploited, taken advantage of and tossed aside. I have good news. Jesus cares. Jesus cares a lot. God is in a good mood. Jesus makes me whole and restores my soul. I don’t have to take the road to ruin.
And so, it seems I have a choice. I need to be careful. I need to listen and act on what Jesus tells me. I need to be disciplined, which by the way, I don’t like. I alone am responsible. I don’t have anyone to blame but myself.
You don’t want to end your life full of regrets,
nothing but sin and bones,
Saying, “Oh, why didn’t I do what they told me?
Why did I reject a disciplined life?
Why didn’t I listen to my mentors,
or take my teachers seriously?
My life is ruined!
I haven’t one blessed thing to show for my life!”