Wisdom for Living
"Listen, my sons, to a father's instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a boy in my father's house,
still tender, and an only child of my mother,
he taught me and said,
'Lay hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands and you will live.
Get wisdom, get understanding
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Esteem her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will set a garland of grace on your head
and present you with a crown of splendor.'" (Proverbs 4:1-9)
Solomon has great advice that he is sharing with us here. He was the wisest man to over live, so I am convinced that he is a good one from whom to take advice. Albert Einstein was a man who also gave great advice.....keep learning was his theme too. God blesses us with the freedom to choose where we get our advice on living. So where do you get your life advice from?
There is a huge trend today to have a life coach. Especially if you are in sales. Being a part of a mastermind group is also common to hear in the age we live in. This is good advice, but if we are to subject ourselves to a coach or a group for instruction, encouragement and/or direction...it would be wise to proceed with caution.
I was at a business meeting last week where I was asked if I had a life coach. Without even thinking too much I answered, "Yes." To my surprise, the person I was speaking with asked what the cost was. My answer was this, "The price was paid for me, and so I really have no idea how great the cost." "Oh," he replied, and then headed off in another direction. Got me thinking, though.
I love the Lord with all that is in me, and day by day I learn new ways that I love Him more and more. The Holy Spirit is my life coach. He is my counselor, my teacher, the whisperer in my ear that tells me to "walk this way" "listen to this or that" and "get out of the way" on occasion. God tells me to ask him for more wisdom, and I do. Can we ever got enough wisdom? I don't think so.
I am not saying that having a life coach or being part of a mastermind group is a bad thing. It can be a tool that helps to propel us to greater things than we could achieve on our own. There are many great choices available. As a little side note, figure out how much you can easily afford before embarking on a paid life coach or mastermind group. They can be quite pricey. A more affordable version may be to find a mentor in your church, or get together with likeminded believers and have your Bible Study be kind of a mastermind group.
Who do I look to for understanding? Who do you look to for understanding? For wisdom? We have a tremendous opportunity to use our instruction manual daily, but do we? I love the Bible. It is my favorite book. In it are all types of literary genre. There is mystery, suspense, thriller, love story, documentary, educational and poetry. Plus it is living, so I learn new things every time I read it. Can't say that I have that experience with any other book I have read, and I have probably read the Bible cover to cover at least 25 times. Wow!! That's all I can say....double wow!!!!
Wisdom is worth pursuing! Word up...make friends with your Bible if the two of you are mere strangers. Solomon took the advice given to him by his father and put it to good use. Apparently some of his half brothers did not though, as you can see by the first 3 words in this passage in Proverbs 4, "Listen, my sons". You and I do not want to be like these sons of David who didn't heed this advice. Let's pursue wisdom. Let's ask for more wisdom, and let's live a life full of learning, gaining understanding, and flat out adventurous fun!
Have a great day!