Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. -Albert Einstein
Wisdom is meant to increase as we grow older but you and I know that there are some senior citizens whom most will not consider as wise. It is not the grey hair that makes us wise. Rather it is the level of commitment to learning from every situation we find ourselves in.
Schooling does not necessarily increase wisdom, but the one who is schooled has a greater chance of increasing wisdom due to the amount of knowledge accumulated and waiting to be applied (wisdom). This is so because practical wisdom is the adequate application of knowledge.
Wisdom on the other hand can be learned by watching other wise people, taking action and learning from the outcome, reading books and reflecting on whatever is going on around us. I find that I learn a lot just by watching and observing the people and situations around me. You don’t need a school to learn that.
Take Action – Reflect on some of the lessons you have learnt lately. Write down and commit to a plan for implementing what you have just learnt. Continue to learn as you take these steps. Turn every disappointment into a blessing.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
Is Wisdom really so much better than Money and Possessions?
Wisdom is a very interesting virtue (that is if I can call it a virtue), it begins with knowing that you don’t know a lot and follows by being honest to accept that fact. On this site, my message is that it is better and much more fun to pursue wisdom that to seek to have loads of money! Does that mean that I don’t like money? Or that I think that being full of cool facts like how many cells are in one drop of blood is better than having money to pay for a vacation. No I like to have lots of money because I enjoy seeing the amount of good I can do with money. What this means is that the pursuit of wisdom will give you the money you need in addition to many other goodies that money alone may not be able to buy.
Take Action– Determine to always learn something new about how to achieve your life goals! How to relate better with people, and how to be more at peace and joyful. Wisdom is hard to teach, but it can be learned by being around and watching wise people. It can also be learned by being more attentive to your actions, why you do what you do, the results that you get from your attitudes and actions and the results of changing these with the aim of achieving your life goals. Wisdom is available all around us if only we take notice of her!
Wisdom inspires appropriate action – Here are some of the things to do to honor the Lord with your possessions (things we are learning to do)
- I thank the Lord for everything I have – I mention them one by one. My health, my beautiful and loving wife, my two boys, my church family, my joy and on an on as much as I have time for it.
- We (my wife and I) have “giving to others” on our budget – we need to improve on this but it is such a pleasure to have some money set aside to bless others.
- We give a minimum of 10% of our income to the local church – our church uses this to create an environment where other believers come together to praise the Lord and help others – What our church family does with the little we all contribute is such a joy to see.
- We give to other organisations that we believe in their vision
- We give at our level and challenge God to give us more so we can give more. It’s a joy to pray such prayers with so much confidence.
- I am also learning to enjoy what I have been given – never to feel bad for being blessed. To use my stuff with gratitude and be willing to pass it on to the next person. What a joy I am getting from learning this. An example of this is that as new clothes enter my wardrobe, some older ones must leave – Many of these new clothes are gifts from people who love and care about me.
The statement above does not stand alone!
Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
Proverbs 3: 9-10 (NKJV)
Although it challenges our natural way of thinking, it is actually a very wise instruction. Honor the Lord with your possessions! What does that really mean? How do you honor God? Why should you honor God with your possessions? How does honoring God with my possession help me? Here are some thoughts on these words of wisdom!
1) Honoring the Lord with your Possessions helps you remember that nothing really is yours to keep! Thinks of your life on earth as a visit! Everything you gather are only for the time you are visiting! You can’t take any of it with you beyond your journey here! When you choose therefore to honor the Lord with your possessions, what you discover is that your attachment to the possession becomes easier to break and the fear of loosing them is greatly reduced or at least it bears less on your heart.
2) To Honor the Lord with your possession is to use it for what pleases God! To use it in such a way that other people respect and honor God. When you do this, you find that you increase the motivation to get more so you can bring more honor. Your drive to get wealth becomes healthy and less burdensome. It’s no more to prove to your family, friends and ‘enemies’ that you are better than them. Rather it is so that you can be a blessing to others and as a result honor God with your possessions. God is love, whatever is done in love pleases God! When you use your possessions to show that you love all those around you, God is honored!
3) It is wisdom to do this because to honor someone is to appreciate them! To honor God is to thank God publicly for what you have. It is to give a portion towards the praise and propagation of the message of God! To help build the knowledge of God at church gatherings. To show and declare that all I have comes from God is to honor God with my possessions. If you are seeking wisdom, heed this instruction and I believe you will be richer and your wealth will bring you more joy than you can imagine. If there ever is a loss, it will not bring you much sorrow because you know that the wealth was never yours to keep in the first place.
4) To use your stuff with gratitude and to enjoy it is to honor God – Have you experienced the joy of giving a gift to your child and he or she loves it so much they tell everyone they meet for the next one month about the gift you gave them? And they use it everyday and all the time? We experienced a little of that recently when we got our boys their first bikes! Make some noise about what God gave you! Tell everyone and use it well but be willing to let it go to the next person when the time comes.
Okay this is a long post! What creative ways have you come up with to honor the Lord with your possessions! Drop a comment. I love reading them!
Today my post is not about wisdom, instead it is about the fruit of wisdom. This is another word of wisdom that I believe can easily be overlooked. When I think of mercy and truth as twins, I think of the balance between having mercy and applying the truth or the law or justice. A wise person must know when it is better to let things go and when it is better to apply punishment for wrong done! Also a wise person must always be in search of the truth!
If you are seeking to be wise then you must not be afraid to search deeper than what is apparent to see if there are deeper meanings, other intentions, alternate approaches to a situation and so on. The quote above talks about binding mercy and truth around your neck and writing them on the tablet of your hearts – in other words, let them be as close to you as you can imagine. Be known as a merciful person. If the person is truly repentant (there is truth again) be ready to forgive, be quick to understand the weaknesses of the people around you. Give them some slack when dealing with them and at all times be attentive to the facts that present themselves.
I am always dealing with people and from time to time they mess up. It’s wisdom that teaches you to say, that’s okay, I know you did not mean to mess things up. If however you have not been attentive to the truth about the person, you will assume that they were out to mess you up and you loose favor with them. You also take a wrong decision and loose favor with God!
Mercy can also be referred to as kindness! If you want to excel in life, have favor and the high esteem of people around you, be kind to them. Be kind to your co-workers, to the cleaners at your workplace, to the cashier at the grocery store, be kind to the politician, the police, to everyone. Be merciful! Be Kind! Be Wise! It frees your mind up to think of much more profitable things. It makes people want to support you! It makes people send love thoughts toward you! And of course prayers to God on your behalf. I pray and give thanks on their behalf when I use gifts given to me by friends and family.
Dear Friend – Remember to bind Mercy and Truth around your neck! Be wise, take heed to this words of wisdom and you will have many friends who will be willing to forgive you, help you, promote you and God will uplift you too.