good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tips on how to take advice

1 RESERVE judgment- It's easy to tune someone out before he/she ever starts talking simply because you know what they are going to say. But even if you think you know what's coming, listen anyway. Sometimes a friend can frame the truth in a way that's fresh and enlighting. They might come up with an angle you haven't even thought of. Their idea might be the one that makes all the difference.

2 RESIST the temptation to butt in- You should have learned in kindergarten that interrupting is rude. It also creates confusion by fragmenting thoughts. If you've ever watched political news programs, you know that when people are constantly interrupting each other, the truth suffers.

3 REMAIN calm- especially if the person you're listening to becomes agitated or uses inflammatory language. Keep in mind that anger is one of Satan's most effective tools. He knows that if you get mad at the messenger, you'll completely miss any wisdom that may be in the message.

4 REVIEW for the purposes of clarification- When the person has stated their case and you're still not sure exactly what they mean, you can paraphrase what you just heard and ask, "Is that what you're saying?" If it isn't then keep asking questions untill you get it straight.

5 REFLECT on the advice itself- Pray about it and search the Scriptures to determine God's will in the matter. Imagine yourself following the suggested course of action. What might happen? How would your life be changed? How would others be affected?

6 RECEIVE or REJECT- As stated earlier, you do not have to take anyone's advice. Over the course of your life you'll undoubtedly reject a lot more advice than you'll take. The point is simply that you should work through the process to avoid making a hasty, thoughtless decision.

(taken from the book "The Samson Syndrome" by Mark Atteberry)

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