Back when I was in Bible college, you would have had to enlarge every door at the school so I could get my head through it. I was proud, but I was also really spiritual—I would have told you so if you asked me.

When I transferred from the University of Kentucky to Bible college with three of my friends, Bill, Rance, and Ed, we wanted to prove we knew more than the college faculty. We thought there weren’t enough souls getting saved at the college church, and so we got together and started holding prayer meetings off-campus at a secluded island. Our little gatherings became really popular. Sometimes we would pray, “God, there were eighteen souls saved last week, but there should have been a thousand.”

When the college president found out about our meetings, he publicly condemned us for causing dissension in the college. We deserved every bit of the embarrassment we felt afterwards. My friends talked about leaving the school, but I went and apologized to the president. He forgave us, and we went on to graduate from the Bible college.

If somebody told you about some wrongdoing, how would you respond? You can either hold onto your pride and continue in rebellion, or throw away your ego and accept the painful truth.

Maybe your boss has confronted you about your attitude, or your parents have tried to warn you against doing something that’s going to hurt you or others. Don’t be a smartmouth with the people who care enough to try and help you. Be wise enough to listen and save yourself a lot of heartache. Those who get smart never find wisdom.

What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end. — Warren Buffett

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder