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A U.S. Air Force transport plane with its captain and 5 crew members was flying over Alaska in the mid-50s when they entered an unusually fierce snowstorm. The navigator contacted an air base only to be told that he had veered several hundred miles off course. Correct coordinates were given to the navigator, who continued to insist that his own calculations could not be that far off. Soon the plane ran low on fuel. The six men decided to abandon the plane and parachute to safety, but because of the -70 degree Fahrenheit temperature and winds that gusted to 50 mph, they were all frozen within minutes of hitting the ground. A friend of mine was part of the rescue team that discovered and retrieved the bodies 3 days later. As a result of the navigator’s pride, 5 other people went to their deaths.” (Dave McPherson, Maranatha Bible Church, New Orleans.)


Proverbs 12:15 tells us that “The way of the fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.” The results may not always be so dramatic, but each of us must be careful to seek the counsel of God and wise individuals before making decisions of lasting significance. A good rule of thumb is when we are absolutely certain that what we are doing is the right thing, that there is little doubt in our minds that we have not taken a wrong turn, it is probably time to stop and examine the course we are on. Any fool can make mistakes, but it takes a special kind of fool, a prideful one, to take a mistake and translate it into harm.

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