Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Welcome to Day 150 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Proverbs 13, 14 and 15 continue the broad scope of wisdom. (Chapters 10-22 will be this way, a somewhat random collection of sayings…)
13:20, “Walk with the wise and become wise…”
14:8, “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways…”
14:16, “The wise fear the Lord and shun evil…”
15:2, “The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge…”
15:7, “The lips of the wise spread knowledge…”
Honorable mention: 15:22, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” The Scott Translation, “A wise person seeks insight from those around him.”
Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
The thread comparing the wise and the foolish, those who love wisdom and those who lack it, continues.
I am constantly amazed at the situations in which people find themselves. Most are avoidable.
Not to be too simplistic, but it often comes down to making poor decisions that have lasting impact on not only their life, but also on those around them.
Considering an affair? Not a great idea…
Drinking and driving? Also not a great idea…
Quitting your job? Have you talked to your spouse about this decision?
Do you have ample resources to hold you over until you find another one? Is the issue really work related or is it more internal, perhaps an issue that you have not dealt with? If it’s with a coworker, have you actually talked to that person directly about it?
Granted, my thinking may be somewhat over-simplified… But the truth is, life is one long series of decisions.
Making good decisions is key.
That’s what Proverbs is all about. Applying practical wisdom to everyday life.
“See that woman over there? Stay far away from her.”
“Saving some money is a good idea.”
“Hanging out with trouble-makers will only get you into trouble.”
“Tell the truth.”
This is not rocket science…
There is a book called, “All I really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum. In it, he applies simple principles to everyday life… Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them.
If life were really that simple.
Life isn’t simple, but one can avoid a lot of heartache by applying simple wisdom.
OK, I have to admit something that’s not easy to say out loud…
If you ask Doug what his top spiritual gift is, he will tell you “evangelism.” (His number two is “faith.”)
My top gift is “wisdom.” (I know, right?) My number two is “administration.”
Things just… make sense to me. Solutions to problems are not hard. I can just sort of “see” how things are going to play out given different scenarios.
But even knowing what to do, what not to say, etc, it all still comes down to choosing to do what is right. To say the right thing. (I hate that… It’s exhausting at times.) To not be harsh or sarcastic or too pointed…
Sometimes I just want to let it fly…
Lord, give me wisdom for all the situations I am facing. And the courage to walk them out with integrity.