I grew up when Diff'rent Strokes was a popular television show. That's no big deal unless your last name is Willis. To this day I still hear those famous words popularized by Arnold: "Whatchu talkin bout Willis?" Usually they are uttered by someone looking at me as though I may have never heard it before. Yeah, right! Well this blog is what I (Willis) am talkin bout...my thoughts, observations & opinions. Enjoy...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I'm convinced

I'm convinced my friend is right. He says, "People don't want counsel; they want confirmation." The longer I'm around and the more I counsel people, the more I believe the above statement is accurate. People generally want someone to agree with what they already think. They want someone to confirm their decision(s). They want people to tell them what they want to hear. And they virtually never listen to the bible when it disagrees with their plan or view. I am amazed by the number of folks who fake interest in biblical counsel when they are going to do what they want anyway! Sadly, this is common among those who are alledgedly mature in the faith.

Proverbs 1:7: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.


Anonymous said...

More than confirmation people want, no NEED, compassion. That is a theme I find missing in all of your postings. I'm afraid for you.... it sounds as though you have given yourself over to an embittered heart- you are angry and ready to throw in the towel. This can't be beneficial for those under your tutelage. We are to be ambassadors not only of God's Word but also of His love.

David H. Willis said...


Interesting thoughts. Compassion, true compassion, is no doubt needed. What is passed off as compassion is usually coddling instead. This blog is about whatever I want it to be about. It's not a representation of everything I think or do. It is a place I goof off, occasionally write something interesting and, yes, blow off steam. You seem able to discern a "theme in all my postings." I think you are guilty of practicing interprolation instead of interpretation and maybe a lttle hyperbole too! And, frankly, it's amusing. You might be surprised if you walked a day in my shoes...


Truth without love is dogmatism. Love without truth is sentimentality. Speaking the truth in love is Christianity. - Bob Russell