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Have you ever noticed how some people love giving advice?  I've personally encountered some who were so desperate to speak they literally could not wait for me to finish a single sentence before they began telling me all the things I should be doing.  But how can anyone speak to our situations in a beneficial manner without knowing the details of our situation, or without having the wisdom or experience to do so?  The answer is, they can't, and we should be careful with what they have to say.  We are flush with cheap advice and trite, feel-good sayings -- things that people didn't have to pay a price to obtain.  But true wisdom, and true understanding gained by experience is not always so easy to come by.  Be wise, and be discerning -- not everyone who dispenses advice has the depth of knowledge, or the clarity of sight to do so.  Remember, should we choose to follow their advice, it will be us who bears the consequences for doing so, not them.  And before you seek guidance from anyone else, seek it from God first.  May God bless you with the discernment to know what is right and what is wrong, and the wisdom to know what to receive and what to reject.  James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

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