It is easy to be the critic after the event. The snippet of advice that everyone missed appears obvious. The mature insight is easily grasped by all. The witty and slightly sarcastic remarks flows easily as the conversations are replayed in the mind. Post analysis is something we are do; at least once in a while!
I recently met someone who is comfortable with where he is. He likes his job, enjoys his family, knows his strengths and limitations, and is not looking for big changes. His approach mirrors part of the ideal and yet still falls into the trap that we are all headed towards.
Being at peace is a good thing. While I wonder if our externals are accurate indicators, the idea that we have found a balance that comes with peace is something I sense each are longing for. In our conversation, I found someone who was looking for advice, learning from past decisions, and taking steps to make sure he did not repeat the same pattern. My wonderment came at the position he holds dear. Does he realize just how precarious this position is? Does he know that others do not hold the role in as important view as he does? Should I try to convey the risks I see? Can I warn him of the disaster that will come, in not tomorrow then with high probability in the months to come?
The fact is that he and I are similar in many respects. We fail to hear the proverb.
“Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.” (Proverbs 12.15)
We ignore at our own risks and time goes on. The ability to be wise after the fact is usually explained by the lack of facts and data. Ironically, in the most important decision we can ever make, the facts are out on the table for all to examine.
God loves each unconditionally. God offers a gift to each, full restoration to our created potential. The facts say that His motives are only for our best. Decision time.