“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” Proverbs 1:5 (NIV)
Sentiment – “a view of or attitude toward a situation or event; an opinion”
The other night I was watching television and I heard the words, “sentiment” and “sentimentality” used in a sentence. It caused me to think about the definitions for each and how they are used in different ways. Looking at their official definitions from Webster’s Dictionary, I find it interesting to compare them.
We often have an attitude, opinion, or viewpoint about something, and we are created to have such. I do wonder how our interactions would be impacted if we approached our perspective with “sentimentality.” I must confess, I do not always approach conversations with gentle emotions of love and grace, but I try.
I believe that most of us are doing the best we can. Trying and seeking to grow in who we are and how we live is a never-ending task of a Christian’s daily walk. In our scripture reading today, we are reminded to listen and learn from those with wisdom, so that the Holy Spirit can guide us.
I pray that as I continue to seek the wisdom of others and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit, I will learn to offer my sentiments with a greater emphasis on my sentimentality.