When I posted my Blog on Making Decisions, I was not expecting in my life that a on key decision “Seek Wisdom” would be my event to experience. However, I embraced the teachings this week, and learned a tremendous lesson on what it means to Seek Wisdom.
“To get wisdom is better than gold; to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” It is a matter of life and death. The ultimate, eternal happiness that all people long for will only be found by those who first “get wisdom.”
The point of my message today is that we should “get wisdom.” We should bend all our efforts to become wiser tomorrow than we are today. This week my own intentions of seek wisdom allowed me to seek counsel of my wise friends and colleagues. It gave me new insights on myself and my self expression. I learned I was not stepping into my own spot light, I was more of a “shadow”. Once I became aware of this I adjusted my communications and messages in all of my own programs and professional coaching articles.
We are all familiar with formal education, and that it is only one stage in the process of becoming a wise person. So much of life has been professionalized and institutionalized that we easily slip into the notion that it is the responsibility of some profession or some institution to impart to us wisdom. You can see this tendency in the fact that continuing education in many spheres is thought of entirely in terms of taking courses from professionals in institutions. The implication seems to be that wisdom and understanding are something you purchase with tuition and class fees, rather than being a daily, lifelong process of growth.
But what I want to stress is that we should never be content with the wisdom we attained through formal education, and we should not think that the only way to grow in our understanding is by taking more courses. When the wise man says in Proverbs 4:5, “Get wisdom, get insight,” he does not mean, “Go to school, take more courses.” That might be part of God’s plan for you. But for most of us it is not. Yet the command comes to us all: “Get wisdom!”
Let’s begin by asking why is Wisdom so important? I believe all men have this in common: that they want to be happy. They do not all agree on what brings the greatest happiness, but they do all long to have it. The only thing greater than happiness is “Holiness”. We have already seen that all men seek happiness, and that this is not bad but good. Now the reason that getting wisdom is important is that it is the practical knowledge by which we gain this true and lasting happiness.
In other words, by means of wisdom you can make your way into a hope-filled future. It is the key to lasting happiness. Proverbs 19:8 says, “He who gets wisdom loves himself.” In other words, do yourself a favor: Get wisdom! Get wisdom! It is precisely by saturating our minds and hearts with words of wisdom that we gain the spiritual wisdom to guide us in all situations.