I've never been a big reader of the Proverbs, so I thought as a new beginning to the new year I'd read one each day in January, pick out the 3 or 4 verses that jumped out at me and share a nugget with the world. Maybe it will connect with a few people over the next month.
"If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you."
This leapt off the page at me because it seems to confirm something I have been thinking about quite a bit the past few years, that the Lord is most impressed (if He can be impressed in the way we think about it) by our willingness to listen, take correction, humble ourselves, and turn a new way. I think when you boil down what it means to really follow Christ it is to recognize your need for Him, admit you don't have all the answers, and seek Him with the idea that you may be wrong about a great many things, but the more willing you are to listen and change the more He will reveal Himself to you. As I've tried to implement this idea into my own life I've experienced quite a bit of freedom from the pressure to be right all the time, and I've noticed that it's a lot easier to empathize (or sympathize, I never quite get those two words right) with other people.
Short and simple, that's how I plan to do these things.