Advice is always interesting. We can be quick to give it and just as quick to discount it, or better yet, completely ignore it. I often wonder why that it is. Is it because of the message, the messenger, the recipient or all three? I certainly don’t profess to have the answer but I will say, in my experience, I have found that it often starts with the messenger.
Throughout my years facilitating workshops, I would share quotes from business leaders, political figures, sports personalities and even Dr. Seuss with my participants. I quickly discovered that they were not all received the same way. Take Dr. Seuss for example. I could share a quote from one of his books and some would say “Wow” and others might roll their eyes and say nothing. I could then share the words of a respected business leader and get a very different reaction, even though the two had the same underlying advice/message.
The lesson that I learned was simple: the credibility of the messenger goes a long way when it comes to giving advice. To some, Dr. Seuss simply did not have it.
Today, the credible messenger is none other Jesus, to whom the disciples were devoted followers.
You are the messenger, Lord Jesus. May I have the wisdom the heed your words . Amen. — DR