Proverbs 18:1,13 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment. He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
Leader, I bless you with the resolve to not shy away from others’ counsel, even when unsolicited. I bless you with wisdom to not see good or bad opinion as an extension or a qualifier of your identity, and with discernment to identify the meat – i.e. whatever is helpful and true – and to discard the bones. I bless you with cultivating patience and grace to consider all the facts of a case, to make a wise judgement. I bless you with a healthy spirit, soul and body because your thinking and communication are healthy, edifying and relevant.
Proverbs 18:20,21 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.