Saturday, April 26, 2014

W is for Wisdom

There's a thing missing in the world today, it's a phrase I heard a lot growing up, but don't hear about too much anymore.  It's like it went the way of black and white TV's and wall mounted telephones.  We know those things will most likely never make their way back into our daily living again, but I do hope we haven't lost the other entirely.

Have you wondered, like I have, where common sense went?

The definitions for wisdom and common sense are almost identical in Merriam Webster:

Wisdom:  knowledge of what is proper or reasonable; good sense or judgment

Common sense:  the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions

So much of what we watch on TV, read about, or participate in, and make our decisions are based on our feelings and not on simple wisdom and common sense.

Where has wisdom gone?  Where has common sense gone?

They are being replaced by doing things so no one feels bad, feels left out, feels hurt, feels inadequate.  No one, most of all, us.

Why is doing things for feelings sake rather than for wisdom's and common sense's sake better?

I don't know where wisdom and common sense have gone, but I do know where to get it.

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.  For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  Then you will understand what is right and just and fair - every good path.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.

W is for Wisdom.


Things to chew on:
1.  What areas of your life today do you need wisdom?
2.  What areas of your life do you tend to base your actions on feelings rather than wisdom or common sense?

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