Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Little Known Fact About Wisdom

Wisdom is a funny little creature, isn't it?  It's amazing how wisdom can play tricks on the stealthiest of minds. It's easy to feel wise in a world that praises one-uppers and know-it-alls and shames anyone who raises their hand to ask a question.

In my experience, however, when I have truly been on the quest for wisdom in different areas of my life, a little known fact about wisdom comes into play almost every single time, no matter who I turn to when seeking it out.



Think about it for a moment. When was the last time you asked someone for advice, or wisdom, when you were facing a situation that you felt less-than-prepared for? Consider why you chose the person you did when asking for that advice.

Have they been through what you have just coming into view? Did they survive? Did they thrive? Or did they fail, and in failing, learn another way not to do something?

Did you really consider that question at all, the "why," or is there just one person in your life that you feel has it together better than you?

I write this pondering post because many times, the word wisdom in itself gets all the glory. Many times, the struggle to become wise seems to get lost in the shuffle, cast away in the shadows while the newly wise person stands in the sun. When I think about the things that people come to me for when needing or seeking advice, it really does come down to that my wisdom is nothing more than healed pain. Much of my wisdom has come out of some of the deepest, darkest valleys in my life.

I think this is a point of encouragement, too. Many of the wisest people in the Bible were the most tested. I don't think anyone could ever accuse Jesus of being unwise. He is the only person to live a perfect life, after all. The account of His healed pain is one of the most revered and told stories of all time. When I look for people to surround myself with, I so much want to be encircled by those who have been through the fire, lived to tell the tale, and came out of the trenches praising God!

When it comes to wisdom, I don't want spoon-fed information regurgitated to me.

Not that simple teaching doesn't have its place - it certainly does, and surely wisdom can be attained from books, sermons, or lectures. For me to really be able to soak in the wisdom, though, I want healed pain and the lessons and growth that were gleaned from it - I want to hear from someone who has been there!

If someone has chosen the "hard way," learned from it, and is willing to pass it on, why would I refuse such wisdom? That would be an insult to myself, and the person who had gone before me!

I am blessed to know a handful of really wise people. I happen to be married to one of them, which presents itself as a miracle more often than not.  It's amazing to me the insight that I can gain from simply going to my husband in times of doubt or uncertainty. We all have our own unique spiritual gifts, and I am thankful that God blessed my husband with the gift of discernment. That is an area that I am weakest in, and God knew I would need a partner who could help me up when my lack of discernment knocks me down! For those of you who are married and are also in search of wisdom, I recommend starting with your spouse if you haven't attempted to already. Not only do you stand to learn from someone whom you can trust with your life, but you can also affirm your spouse by showing them through action that you desire and trust their judgment and advice. {Round of applause for the win-win scenario!}

If that isn't an option for you, I also believe that the shortest distance between myself and wisdom is a straight line pointing up. I get the honor and privilege of being loved by an awesome God! He knows my needs before I speak them. He knows the desires of my heart. He loves to give good gifts! When all else fails in your search for wisdom, look up!

If you desire more human wisdom, pray for God to point you towards someone who could enter into a mentoring relationship with you. Or, find someone who is successful in what you're trying to accomplish and ask them how they did it. You heard me! Ask for help. We weren't created to walk this life alone, so get out there and seek out wisdom and don't let your fear hinder you from receiving it!

And a final thought on wisdom for today....once you've sought it out and received it, for Heaven's sake, APPLY it! Do not let it be wasted. Do not take it for granted. Show your appreciation for gaining wisdom by putting it to work in your life. That action puts wisdom on display for those around you to see, and you never know who's watching....you never know who needs what you've learned. When they come to you, pay it forward and give your wisdom away!

What piece of wise advice have you received?

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