Day 252: Don’t Waste Your Time

Proverbs 9:8

So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse.


Don’t waste your time on the minutia of mockers.

I am exposed to different types of people in my work. I have learned the hard way that you can’t reason with some people, especially those who are cynical and arrogant mockers. I’ve had more than a few instances when I have made a statement that sets people off on rants of wrath. At first, I would try to reason with them, state my case, support my conclusions with scripture, and convince them of my point of view. I’ve found that there are a lot of people that won’t accept correction.

If for some reason, I misspoke or didn’t communicate clearly, I try to reword my argument; however, if they’re scoffing at me and going personal in their attack, I don’t waste my time. I have too much to do than to be sidetracked by their minutia.

Mockers don’t argue from principle—they mimic voices, transform into caricatures, and always attack personally rather than substantially. They use straw man arguments, aligning you with their imaginable opponent. It is a shallow debate, but that is all they have.

Go on and reason with wise people; they will be even wiser. Spend your energy on hearers, not mockers.


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  1. Clyde on January 24, 2021 at 8:56 am

    Amen! Your words have iron.

  2. Ted Webster on November 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    A friend of mine must gave me a quote one time, “if you wrestle with pigs, you’re both going to get dirty, and they like it!!