Wisdom

DSC_1637Ability to make good judgments, common sense, having intelligence and experience

The more I know, the more I realize I don’t know…  Albert Einstein

Many men can utter words of wisdom; few men can practice it themselves… Hittopadesa

The fruit of wisdom is peace. Chinese Proverb

The combination of our intelligence and all of life’s experiences come together to become knowledge. This transforms into wisdom as we get older. Those who become wise are likely freer and less burdened by life’s trials and tribulations. By acquiring wisdom there is also a better chance to find joy and happiness in life.

A wonderful example of the application of wisdom relates to a story about King Solomon. He was asked to make judgment concerning two women who claimed to be the mother of the same baby. Neither of the women would concede. He finally decreed that the solution to the problem was to cut the baby in two and give half to each of them. The woman who decided to give up the baby to the other rather than have him killed, provided King Solomon the answer as to which one was the real mother. King Solomon was known for his wisdom.

Should we seek wisdom? Some are more adept at acquiring wisdom than others. Everyone should become wiser as they get older. We should get better in our decision making and make fewer mistakes. In order to become wiser we should be actively seeking more knowledge and experience. We should be learning, doing and accomplishing. Wisdom is similar to our muscles: in order to become stronger we must use them. In order to become wiser we should be using the wisdom we have to gain even more wisdom. Life is a work in progress and an ongoing, never ending process. It could be said the more wisdom we have the more we will master life.

A distinguishing characteristic of wisdom is it creates the ability to know what things in life are more important than others. Family, friends, love, joy, peace, and happiness are more important than acquiring material possessions. Doing what we love indicates more wisdom than being a slave to jobs we hate. Being able to rise above self and having a desire to do things for others are fruits of wisdom. Those that live their lives based on principles and values are wiser and tend to be happier than those who do not. As we gain wisdom we are able to free ourselves from undesirable outside and external influences and are able to live and direct ourselves from the inside out. Wisdom gives us the strength and the knowledge to do these things.

Challenge: Open your eyes, heart, and mind. Seek to learn and understand. Commit to personal growth and development. Live life instead of avoiding it. Seek Wisdom. Determine what you believe in and stand for? Commit to your principles and values. Be a captain rather than a passenger. Become a victor, not a victim. Seek becoming the best you. Grow in wisdom. You will get more from life, including more joy and happiness.

Wisdom: Knowledge is power, but only wisdom is liberty. Will Durant

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.  Ecclesiastes 2:26

Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.  Psalm 51:6

True wisdom without knowing God is an oxymoron. The more we seek wisdom, the more likely we will see the face and hands of God at work in us. The earth is like a garden. Each of us is a seed. God desires each of us to bear fruit and help make the world a better place. We are our own gardener and He is the Master Gardener. Each of us is responsible for caring for our own garden. He will help insure that we become a beautiful garden.

Prayer: Grant me wisdom and understanding and help me to be what You would have me be.

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