Proverbs 21:11  -- When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.  NIV

My spiritual gifting is as a pastor and a teacher.  The term pastor is from Latin, and is a herdsman or shepherd.  So the task of a spiritual shepherd/pastor is to care for and watch over the flock, and the task of a teacher is to instruct/impart information, so that learning can take place in the pupil/earner/disciple/student.  As I move my way through life, and I encounter people in many different life situations, that sound like there is a need for some enlightening or need for improvement, I immediately fall into my pastor/shepherd mindset and want to watch over the situation and guide it to a best conclusion, and my teacher/instructor mode with the default belief that all we need here is just a little more information to provide better understanding or a course correction or new instruction or an attitude adjustment.  The problem is that not everyone is either ready to hear or willing to hear, and I have to back up a bit.  I also have to realize that there are some folks that cannot learn and will always resist caring for, and the best I can hope for is that someone standing by, observing the situation, will gain wisdom . . . at someone else’s expense.  I’d also like to believe I’m not the mocker that cannot learn from good, solid discipline, and that I’m the wise man who, when instructed in any manner, can and will gain knowledge.  At those junctures, when I listen, I’m always making good progress in my journeying process!