Proverbs 26 – August 26

CC Image courtesy of zoetnet on Flickr.

CC Image courtesy of zoetnet on Flickr.

Proverbs 26
Author: Randy Sheets

“Wise in their own eyes.”

A couple of years ago we were out with my son and daughter and their families at a local Italian restaurant. My daughter-in-law was giving the waiter her order and asked for a side order of Italian bread-bruschetta. The waiter, in the haughty way some waiters have, looked rather condescendingly at her and said “It’s pronounced brushetta.”

Every adult at the table immediately looked up from their menus to look at the waiter and then at Elena to see what would happen next. Here’s what we hoped she would say:

“Look buddy, I’m half Italian, I grew up in Italy, and Italian is my first language. I was ordering bruschetta before you could read a menu. When I pronounce it brusketta you can bet that’s the correct pronunciation!”

But instead she just looked at him and said “Okay…whatever, that’s what I’ll have.”

Much of the Proverbs 26 deals with fools and the folly of trying to work, reason or in any other way deal with them. Further, the person worse than a fool is the one who thinks he knows it all-as in verse 12:

“Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”

Some people will not be open to instruction because they feel they have nothing further to learn-they know it all! (How many political or religious “discussions” have you ever seen where someone actually changes their mind?)

Others, it they show a willingness to learn, will find there are any number of people who will gently instruct and guide them correctly.

How would it have been different if the waiter had said “I thought it was always pronounced brushetta, but I’m not sure.”? Elena would probably have patiently told him the proper pronunciation and the reason she could be trusted to know. And he would have gotten a bigger tip!

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