Changed Life – Wisdom

Life changesThis world we live in is constantly changing. People are changing. Jobs are changing. Relationships are changing. Change is an everyday event in our world. Heraclitis said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man”. I have learned that I must embrace change that happens. I’ve learned new and amazing technology that has made my life easier, but in some ways, the pace of life became faster. Not all change is good and healthy. There are some things that have not changed for example, the laughter of a child still melts me. The innocence of a child, the beauty of a bride on her wedding day or the beauty of a baby born. I want to be keenly aware of the things in my life that have changed for good and things that have changed oh so slowly that I hardly noticed.

I came across a verse that is a quote from Jesus this morning that I didn’t remember ever hearing because it was from the New Living Translation and it spoke right to my heart. Check this out…

35 But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” (Luke 7:35 NLT) –Jesus

I want to be a seeker or wisdom. I love the Word of God and I believe that my life has grown in wisdom and discernment because of the daily discipline of seeking the Lord’s heart through His Word. I’m definitely NOT the smartest guy, but I am hungry to know the Lord more today than I knew yesterday. It’s hard to argue about a changed life. I want to follow the wisdom that comes from the Lord. Check this out…

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. (1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT)

13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NLT)

“There is a wisdom of the Head, … there is a wisdom of the Heart” – Charles Dickens

I want to continue to grow in wisdom and understanding of the Author of Wisdom. I can find hundreds of quotes on wisdom, but none more significant that what Jesus is saying. I want the choices that I make today and every day to display wisdom that comes directly from the Lord. I am forever changed because I know the Author of Wisdom and THE Creator of the World.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

 

Beginning Of Wisdom

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

Wisdom is often overlooked because it comes from someone who is a bit older and more experienced. I used to define wisdom as the correct use of knowledge. While that is partially true, it is not complete.  I remember as a youngster, I sometimes resented someone with wisdom because they were “shooting down” and idea this bright young youth pastor had. I look back at the wisdom of some of those folks that I resented now and I understand clearly.  Wisdom is most definitely an excellent attribute to possess. It is also defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience.”

I came across a statement this morning that I’ve seen in the New Testament and I didn’t realize it was most likely a quote from King David. Check this out….

2 Great are the works of the Lord;

    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

    and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;

    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;

   all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,

    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;

    he ordained his covenant forever—

    holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

    To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:2-4;7-10 NIV)

 

I realized a good while back as I was getting old, that not all older people are wise. There are older and more experienced people who simply don’t know the Lord or live their life to honor Him. It shows in their lifestyle and their attitudes. They may have some amazing experiences to draw from but if they don’t seek the Lord, I really don’t consider them wise. The Lord God is the Source of all wisdom. He built me. He wired me. He loves me. He teaches me. He lives in me. I want to run after Him. I have met a lot of very young men who figured out that running after the heart of God is actually the Source of Wisdom. These are really wise young men. I wish I knew then what I know now about the beginning of wisdom.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Wise & Peaceful

Senior Man - WisdomOne thing I’ve noticed about wise people – they don’t talk as much as I do. That might be actually pretty easy to do. After all, my job is sales and marketing. I think the real game changer is that the reason wise people don’t talk as much is because they are listening. I could definitely stand to improve in this area. James speaks to this pretty straight forward and clear. Check this out…

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NIV)

 

Wise people live a good life.

Wise people are humble.

Wise people are forgiving.

Wise people are honest.

Wise people love peace.

Wise people are considerate.

Wise people serve others.

Wise people are full of mercy.

Wise people have proper perspective.

Wise people live lives that show their pure heart.

 I really want to live like that!

Pressing On!
Dwayne