"Words Must be Weighed and not Counted"
Weighing The Words
I've not heard the saying before. Not even from a church pulpit. I always got the impression that words said at the pulpit are to be received as final message from God: without allowing myself the room for the benefit of thinking for myself. My mother could have imparted them. But I have no recollection of learning them by heart.
Apart from the Bible, wisdom books and the ones I keep in my shelves have set me challenged into thinking. I chanced a 78-paqes Yiddish Wisdom book from a second-hand book shop in our little town. I didn't think it would harm my belief system. Instead, enhance it. I felt it my duty to myself to keep, not only read the wealth of witty proverbial contents-- but digest, internalize, and put to action.
I cherish the values my parents taught me. They're the foundation of my beliefs. But the wisdom I acquired as I grew older allowed me to weigh everything I hear. And be careful with the lofty sounding religious "plentiness" of words. The Proverb, "With plenty of words, sin is not absent," sounds smart. But I must see why this was so when King Solomon said it.
Study is safer. I encourage my children to involve themselves with much study and learning. My brain houses my mind to give it space to hear its own voice. And so should my children. Then weigh the knowledge and understanding I've acquired inwardly. I think the purpose for learning is to internalize information to enable the mind to see clearly and make better and moral-right judgments.
Overhaul my old school of learning, and start afresh.
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