Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him. Proverbs 26:4
Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t let small people sweat you.
The need to be right. The need to have the last word. The unhealthy desire to quibble, squabble and bluster, point to deep-seated fear and believe it or not lack of confidence and depth.
Though on the outside these kinds of people appear to be anything but lacking confidence. Often appearing as the most confident person in the room. They’re not. In fact, the opposite is true. People with the need to always be right, refusing to even hear differing views are fools. They are secure in what they believe they know and refuse to take the time to learn differently. They resent with a passion wise counsel.
It’s like the little guy who refuses to own any vehicle but a monster-sized pickup truck because though he is small, when he gets behind the wheel of that truck, he is king of the road. Small-minded people are the same.
Fools must make up for on the outside what they lack on the inside and they often cover shallowness with shouting. They portray outwardly what they are not inwardly and will argue with a stump to prove they measure up.
You will never win an argument with a fool. As a leader, whether it be with colleagues or constituents, watch closely for the unhealthy and unwarranted need to argue, bully or belittle. Steer clear of that person because you have come face-to-face with a fool.
Those who argue with a fool will themselves become a fool because only a fool will argue with a fool.
Do you feel the need to win every argument?
Have you ever stopped to think why?
Do you always have to have the last word?
Ask God to search your heart and reveal to you areas of vulnerability – areas of foolishness that are sure to one day incite an argument you can’t win and cost you more than you are willing to pay.
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Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 1:12 PM CDT