Southern Loss Association News

President’s Message

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 9:8 (ESV)

While I am a PK (Pastor’s Kid), it is not my intention to teach a Bible lesson in the SLA Newsletter or anywhere else for that matter. Whether you view the Bible as the Word of God or a book of ancient writings, there is little dispute it contains much practical wisdom. The quote referenced above from the book of Proverbs is an example of just that. Merriam-Webster defines “reprove” as follows: to correct usually gently or with kindly intent. Many Bible versions translate the Hebrew word לֵ֭ץ or lêṣ (translated “scoffer” by the ESV) as “fool”. 

We’ve all had dealings with people with whom we must be very careful in how we ask them to revise something in a report or change the way they do something for fear of offending them. I once had an administrative assistant who would react as if I had called her a dirty hag for simply asking her to correct her minor typos in a claim file. I eventually began making the corrections myself to avoid the drama. So, what is the correlation between reproof and foolishness or wisdom? Ask yourself this question: would you rather be seen as intelligent (or wise), or would you rather be intelligent (or wise)? If the answer is the former, then you may be one of the scoffers referenced in the Proverb. And if you’re ok with that, then by all means – carry on! But I would dare say most of us would rather actually be intelligent or wise than simply be perceived that way. As a result, we must be able to take correction! 

When we make a mistake and someone brings it to our attention, let’s thank them! Thank them for trusting us enough to not fear our reaction when corrected. Thank them for the opportunity to improve. Most people don’t want to risk the drama or take on the hassle and thus simply let inaccuracies go unrectified. Let’s care about our friends and colleagues enough to, with kindly intent, point out errors, and let’s be the wise men and women who love them back when they do the same for us. Cheers to a brighter and wiser future, friends! 

We look forward to seeing you all at the Fall Golf & Cornhole Outing on October 14, 2021. Golf is sold out, but we still have a few spots left for Cornhole and plenty of room at dinner. Please go to to register. If we’ve not met, please come say hello. It will be my privilege to meet you and by all means, reprove me if necessary!

Carson B. Lester
SLA President 2021