The Wise, The Fool, and the Evil

“If you don’t start where you are, you stay where you are” -Keith Moore

The older I get, the more I value teachability. One of the determining factors of whether not you are teachable is how you respond to this questions:

  • How do you respond when you are presented the truth?
  •  How do you respond when you face reality? 
  • What do you do when someone tells you an area that you need to grow in?
  • What do you do when you realize you’re not as far along in life as you thought?
  • How do you respond to constructive criticism?
  • How do you respond when you have to face issues that you never realized you had? 

Facing reality can be extremely difficult, especially if we thought everything we’ve been doing has been great. How you respond in moments where you are faced with truth that you don’t want to hear will determine whether or not you will go to the next level, grow to your maximum potential, and succeed in life.

If you haven’t watched the lesson, “The Wise, The Fool, and the Evil” by Dr. Henry Cloud, I would encourage you to take 20 minutes and watch it right now: 

Henry Cloud – “The Evil, the Foolish, the Wise” from TMCC on Vimeo.

So, after watching this, where do you find yourself most often?

Are you wise? – When facing reality? Do you accept it? Do you own it? Do you do whatever it takes to deal with the issue you are faced with? I have found that wise people are the happiest people. Why? Because growth = happiness! Show me someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to grow to their maximum potential and I’ll show you someone who is happy and hard to bring down! Be wise!

Are you a fool? – If you find yourself in this category, how you respond is critical. From here, you can become wise or you can ultimately become evil! Choose to become wise! It can be painful, but it’s worth it! Becoming everything you’re capable of becoming is what life is all about! Be willing to do whatever it takes to deal with the issues you’re faced with! Once this attitude becomes a way of life for you, you’ll find your life getting better and better!

On the other hand, if you do not choose to go the wise route, I’d encourage you to read Proverbs 1:20-33. It is a warning to fools. God is saying, listen, I’ve tried to correct you a million times, I’ve put so many people in your life to help you, and you’ve rejected everything. You’ve hardened you’re heart and ignored my correction so much that it’s too late. You’re ultimately going to have to deal with the consequences of your bad choices. Ultimately fools will find themselves isolated and start to feel hopeless when they face the consequences of ignoring the truth. In these moments, they can either repent and finally choose to deal with the truth as someone who is wise or they will go down a path that they would never have intentionally chose to go down, but in reality they’ve been choosing it all along, every time they rejected the truth.

Are you evil? – Odds are if you’re a fool, you’re not reading this post. However, if you do find yourself in this category, I can’t imagine you’re very happy with your life. If you have given up hope that you can ever live a good life, I’m here to tell you that there is NO hopeless situation. There is always hope. I would encourage you to get help! Go to church. Go to a therapist or counselor. Do whatever it takes to get out of this category.

How do you react when you have to face reality? Are you wise, a fool, or evil? 


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