“Life is Tough, But It’s Tougher If You’re Stupid”

“For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them;” – Proverbs 1:32

One of my favorite quotes has been attributed to John Wayne, Chesty Puller and several others. The truth is probably none of those guys said it first, and it certainly wasn’t me. Here it is:

“Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

That’s the (very) loose – but very literal translation of the verse above.

This passage is certainly not talking about education (knowledge) but application (wisdom). The story below illustrates the difference between those two attributes.

Three men were working hard cutting stone from large blocks of granite. When asked what they were doing, the first man said, “I’m making bricks.” The Second man said, “I’m cutting stones for the foundation of a large building,” while the third man said, “I’m building a cathedral.”

Our outlook and attitude, which we can clearly control, has a lot to do with how we approach the tasks we face every day. If we see it as drudgery, it certainly can be. If we look at the bigger picture, and see where we fit in the big scheme of things, we are much more likely to find satisfaction.

For those in positions of leadership, part of your task is to show folks where they fit in. Just about everyone works better when they see how their efforts fit into the final product.

My prayer for you this week is that you will have the God-given wisdom to see where you fit into His plan, and to see how that plays out in your everyday life.

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