“I Pity the Fool”
My church is currently on a series called, “Best Question Ever: What is the WISE thing to do?” Regardless of your faith…we’ve all been there: in light of past experiences and/or circumstances, what is the right thing to do? Where is the line between right and wrong? How far is too far?
Walking with the Wise RS
I remember being a stubborn teenager. My parents would warn me against certain people and certain behaviors. Most often, I wouldn’t listen…I was naive. We are all born naive – we haven’t lived long enough to experience any real consequence. Therefore, we act foolishly. At some point, we grow up and seek wisdom. However, if you refuse to seek wisdom, we may fall into one of three categories: 
  • Naive or Simple. As I said earlier, we all start out this way. Proverbs 1:22 asks, “How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?” We can’t live in this state forever. Proverbs 9:6 says, “Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.” 
If we fail to leave our simple ways, it’ll eventually kill us. I was actually reading a book last night  (Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast) that reminded me of this verse. There are two young vampires fighting good and evil. Zoey is a young fledgling (not quite a vampire) High Priestess whose soul has shattered in a fight against a dark immortal creature. She is lost in the otherworld. Meanwhile, her best friend, Stevie Rae, is on the other side of the world  and must find a way to save her best friend from an ultimate death.  Stevie Rae has an affinity for Earth and calls upon Earth to provide some answers. In doing so, she accidentally conjures up Darkness with a capital “D.”

If you’re looking for a good vampire series, I totally recommend it…but I tell you this brief part of the story because Stevie Rae is still pretty naive (all things considering…and she has been through a lot). Being naive nearly kills her! Proverbs 1:32-33 says, “For the waywardness of the simple (naive) will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me (GOD) will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”  

So, for most of us…we are beyond naive…which leads us to the next category for those who refuse wisdom. 
  • The Fool. The fool knows the difference between right and wrong, but doesn’t care. So, let’s be honest…we all know these people. It’s as if it takes them years to learn a lesson. Oftentimes, these are those people that are constantly asking for advice, but don’t want to hear it or actually use the advice that’s been given. 
Proverbs 26:11 describes this scenario, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.” As gross as that sounds, it’s so true (and one more reason that cats are smarter than dogs…wink wink). In more common terms, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Warnings and threats won’t change a fool’s ways…only when a fool suffers the full consequences will they ever value wisdom. 

Proverbs 13:20 states, “Walk with the wise and become wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” Reminds me of all the times that my parents warned me against certain people saying something to the effect of, “be careful who you associate yourself with,” or “If you hang around garbage, you can expect to be taken out every Wednesday…” – oh wait, that was The Real Housewives of New Jersey. In all seriousness, who we associate ourselves with plays a huge role in how we are perceived by others. And, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be associated with garbage…nor do I want to wait until I’ve reached rock bottom to figure things out! 

I think Mr. T said it best, “I pity the fool!” Which leads us to the final category for those who refuse wisdom.
  • The Mocker. I personally don’t mess with a mocker. These are people who are just waiting to argue with you. Proverbs 9:7-8 says, “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.” So yeah…I’m not really down with getting abused or insulted, so I’ll continue to avoid these folks. 
With all of that said, at some point, we all will eventually look for wisdom because we realize our life just isn’t working without it. Unfortunately for some, when you need wisdom the most, you won’t be able to find it: Proverbs 1:20-33. So, what’s the lesson here? I think the lesson is pretty simple: before making any decisions, run a quick reality check. What is the wise thing to do? Don’t be a fool…just do the right thing.

By the way, if you are interested in listening to the original message, you can click HERE to listen to the MP3.

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78 COMMENTS

    Such a great post, Ashley! And, I love the colors in that capture. Really beautiful.

    Oh, how I have been all three of those things at various times in my life. I, often, pray for wisdom in situations as simple as grocery shopping to life changing decisions, because I long to live beyond simple….to have the life intertwined with my Maker….every moment.

    While reading this morning, I was reminded that the only way to experience change, gain more wisdom, walk more closely with the Lord is to stop thinking about it and beginning taking tiny action steps to make new habits, new thoughts, etc.

    Thanks for sharing Ashley.

    what a fantastic shot, great shoes and powerful words, thanks for those, made me think!

    Great post! Great picture!! Great way to start my day. Thanks!

    I was just teaching the children all about this yesterday as we did our morning bible study. Great photo and verse – with wonderful teaching today! Thanks for this reminder of all that God spoke to my heart yesterday!

    Hugs and love,
    Jill

    Love the way you depicted that verse with those heels! This is a fantastic post! Love the verses and the topic that you are learning about it church!! Do the right thing and don’t refuse wisdom. AMen! Good stuff!

    Great post!

    Wonderful colours, great position, love it.
    The words are strong and enyone can find themselves in any of this groups.
    Hugs from Europe ♥

    great post. hey, i think i may have asked you this before, but i will ask you again…what church do you go to?

    we go to Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh, and although I have only attended a couple other churches in my lifetime and have nothing else to compare it to, I LOVE Crossroads.

    Hope you have a lovely day.

    Powerful post Ashley – thank you!

    What a great post (and gorgeous picture). you really made me think, thanks!

    Great post. Love the colors in the photo.

    What a great post, Ashley, and I love the photo/verse pairing! Such a wonderful lesson also to watch who we hang out with!

    Absolutely wonderful post Ashley!!! And that photo is gorgeous!!!

    This is a great post. I enjoyed reading it!

    Great post. Thank you for sharing!

    Wonderful post and gorgeous photos Ashley!
    Greetings.

    What a fantastic post with a great message.

    Pretty, pretty picture too!

    Great post, something to think on throughout the day. And of course, fabulous photo. I actually found myself trying to figure out all the parts and how you did it.

    WHAT a great pic and post!!!!! love both!!!! a lot.

    First of all, lovely shoes in that picture! I love the kitten heels – are they yours?
    Next, I love love LOVE your post today. It’s really neat to get to read more about your thoughts and musings as opposed to just the situations around your shots. I hope you’re planning on doing more posts like this in the coming year.

    You’re so creative & I love seeing your work… Wonderful job & image! =)

    love this shot and verse. So full of truth. Thanks for sharing what you heard at church.

    I would say… my favorite shot this week at S&S!

    Oh boy, that was like a walk down memory lane for me. I was naive for soooo long in high school, then a complete fool throughout college. Finally, I hit bottom – and hard. While I never want to relive that nor would I wish it upon anyone, I’m almost happy it happened, otherwise I think I might have remained a complete fool forever! Thanks for sharing this wonderful message!! And I love the pink in your shot – do you really have a wall that color?!

    I also like to avoid those mockers.

    I love your shot!! Great editing job!

    I fall into the “Mocker” category. I guess this means we’re breaking up. Ha! Kidding. This is a great post. Where do you stand?

    Great post! And picture! Thanks for linking up! To answer your question, I LOVE my TOMS! They are so comfortable! Next I’m getting the black glitter ones! You should get some! I bet you would like them! :)

    Absolutely love it Ashley. One of my favorite things to remember is: Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, the right way, at the right time.

    In Matthew 5:15-25 there is a lesson that swells in my heart and makes me rethink my actions. God will always provide.

    On another note… the color in that capture is vibrant and perfect for the winter blues.

    Love this shot. The red shoes rock.

    Wonderful shot and great post!

    What a though-provoking post! The clarity and passion in your words are wonderful to read. I almost forgot there was even a photo attached to your thoughts … And as always, your image is beautiful.

    I find it funny that you too are into teenage vampire movels. I am on the 6th book of House of Night series and loving it. Can’t wait for the movies to come out

    Very inspiring message and I love the pinks in your picture!!!

    Truly inspiring and on a day like today I needed this. I love the integration of the verses with the examples in everyday life and of course your photo is awesome!! you have given me what I need to get through the day. Thank You!!!

    Great post. Love the photo.

    Love this Ashley, I’m going to have to come back and reread it when the kids are done with school and I can really focus.

    OH this is WONDERFUL!! Of course a lovely shot, and I REALLY love what you wrote. Everyone should read this & take it to heart. : )

    Wonderful photo. Very touching post. Thanks so much for sharing.

    “Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.”

    This really struck me today.

    What an inspiring post! xo

    I LOVE this post. Thank you so much for sharing & of course such a beautiful & fitting photo to go with it all. Can you do these kinds everyday? hehe. Thanks again friend! xx

    Totally awesome edit!

    This is beautiful in every way; I’ll definitely be sharing it with my little brother who is a youth minister–I’m sure he’ll be able to make good use of it!

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    What a beautiful post! That shot is absolutely perfect in light and color.

    Erika B

    Great scripture! I love the photo as well. I’m sharing your link on my FB wall, and I think I will make my daughter read this tonight :)

    Words of of the Wise! Love your photo too! It make me think of the Sex in the City series.

    Dude. Awesome!!

    And the picture is really cool, too. :)

    Wow! Love the post and the picture is stunning.. cute shoes :)

    I agree… Great post, and fantastic colors and pairing with the verse. Words of the wise for sure! :)

    Great post and very creative, cool photo!

    Wonderful message and I love everything about that photo!!

    What an amazing post…LOVE the message & such a great reminder! Those shoes – COOL!!! What a great capture :)

    To answer your question- I used Amy McMaster’s Daydream action for most of them! Some just tweaked a little!

    what a wonderful post! It really puts things into perspective :) ……. and I love the picture of the shoes. The colors are great!

    love the lesson and the images. great post! thanks for sharing :)
    -JBenz

    Beautiful photo. :)

    Lovely words. I can’t believe you read that book… how embarrassing… I would never… ok… I already did and loved it. :D I think I have some recommendations for you. :D

    Hey Ashley!
    I hope you don’t mind but I linked your website to my Shutter Love post again. You do such amazing work wth textures and have some great tutorials that I could never do justice to the subject. I updated my original post and directed any one interested in some good information, should head over here. Not that they probably don’t already know your work :)

    Goregous as usual btw. I love the shoes and I love PINK!

    beautiful post! one of my favorites.

    great post. the colors in the photo are so vivid. The message says a lot though. We have to mature so much in life and turn the other cheek and sometimes its hard. I always say if you hang out with garage expect to stink and Im trying to hold my standards higher but lordy I do fall short but this was very great message and detailed.

    Hi Ashley,
    I just wanted to encourage you about posting the sermons and lessons you’re learning in church. I do the same thing on my blog because you never know who it might touch.

    It’s good to remember that in our sin, we are all naive, fools, and mockers. Our righteousness is in Christ alone and anything good we do is because of His grace alone.

    Keep preaching sister. :)

    ~Catherine

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! Thank you so much for the message Ashley & your image is spot on :) I think Catherine {above} said it best!

    loving all the sparkly bokeh & fancy shoes, too cute! Happy Wednesday girl!

    This is such a pretty/colorful/fun shot! Love the hot pink and the bokeh..and the message!

    Ashley,

    First of all great photo! Second of all, great read. Oh, my heart skips a beat when I think of my kids getting older and their “choices”. Thing is, we all have to learn…I just hope and pray that a child or my child ever has to to pay the ultimate price for a simple mistake that the majority of people have probably encountered. It’s a scary place and each day I pray for these very same sentiments you laid out here!

    I finally took my camera in for a few tweeks. Not perfect, but good enough to start snapping again! I’ll join you on Sunday again :)

    XO,

    Kel

    omg! Ashley, it’s gorgeous!

    I ADORE this photo! That shoe is gorgeous!

    I know you participate in blog link-ups on Fridays, but I’m starting to do a few of my favorite things on Fridays and would love for you to link-up.

    Have a great week!

    What an awesome photo!

    WONDERFUL post! I’m so proud of you for posting such a lengthy and scripture filled message! You have the opportunity to spread Gods word far and wise because of your blog following….so, yep! I’m super proud of you! & BibleGateway is my very favorite ‘online’ reference! AND…that photo is stunning. The colors are incredible! So different than I am used to seeing on here!

    You are amazing my sweet friend =]

    Ashley you have no idea how important these words are to me right now.

    So filled with joy to meet you!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    :-O This blew me away! I -LOVE- reading about things like this. Seriously I do. I am starting to pick up my Bible more because I feel I have reached the point where I can understand while I read and not just “read it to read it” you know? I’ve tried numerous times to start at the beginning and go but never made it too far because I had no clue what was being said.

    This past year I have been through a lot, dealt with a lot and have become closwer to God than I’ve ever been in my entire life. I have been baptised and re-dedicated and think that God is Great, He is the great “I AM” and that it is true that the first step towards wisdom is fearing God.

    I agree with those your statements in that until we find wisdom we are one of the three “attitudes” you mentioned. I used to be any of the three at any given time but feel that I have left that behind! God is in my heart now and I’m thankful! Thanks for sharing this:)

    Blessings,
    Natalie

    Love it Ashley! Beautiful colors!

    Great photograph, and especially good commentary! I definitely want to listen to the podcast.

    Did you know I wrote a book on Proverbs?

    The color really pops in this shot, I love it – and the shoes are super cute too = )

    Good post! I saved it to listen to the MP3 once I have enough time to become a person again (right now I’m in Exclusively Student Mode) ;)

    I will get it out Monday.

    Hi Ashley! I’ve been out of town all week and am just now catching up on my Google Reader. And I wanted to say — this particular word was so relevant and encouraging to me this morning. Thank you so much for sharing it, and for giving me a fresh, God-honoring perspective on certain situations in my life right now. So thankful for your friendship! :)


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