You know that moment when you’ve lost your keys or your wallet? Wisdom is the same way.
Wisdom, by very nature, is something hidden. It’s allusive.
How do you find it? Wait…back up. How do you even search for it? Is there a technique like “stop and think about when you had it last?” (does that even work?)
But Wisdom isn’t a lost possession that needs to be found; it’s a lost treasure that comes from somewhere else. It’s a lost treasure that can be found with the kind of adventure we see in The Goonies (That was the first image that came to my mind with treasure hunting).
The point, and the challenge, is that Wisdom is something to be sought after in every moment, situation, day, and year. Yes, it is allusive, and others are waaaay better at finding it than me, but the treasure of Wisdom is worth the find.
As much as I possibly can, I meet with a dear friend and mentor for the nourishment of my soul. Last week, after laughing about our similar personality types, he shared something with me that has bothered me in the most holy way possible.
It was a poem. A good one.
The poem was about people, and how people have ruined him. You see, this real-life saint has sacrificed and continues to sacrifice for the sake of people. He’s a man of success; but instead of the riches of comfort he gave it all away for people. People have ruined him.
His words were so foreign to me.
But then he offered a challenge. He says that our personality type, which often gets bored with the routine and leaves us wanting for the next adventure, has all the adventure it can handle in people. There is a sacred mystery in people, a beauty-of-God just waiting to be unearthed.
How could I ever get bored?
There are people that hope against all hope. They hang on even in the bleakest of situations -still believing that something will change. Their unwavering faith leads them to the edge of a cliff. And they will leap, with two possible outcomes: fall or fly.
Those that fly, for the most part, got lucky. But they will be heralded for figuring out the secret to success.
Those that fall regret they wasted their time in the first place, wondering where they had wrongly read the signs.
But…(and I hope for this)…the one that falls benefits the most. Not to decide that hope was a waste of emotion; but that the hope they held was the most beautiful part of the journey.
When I was in 9th grade I had to take the 9th-Grade Proficiency tests. Do you remember these? There were about 4 or 5 tests: Math, Science, Social Studies…I don’t know…Lunch? Whatever they were, I passed all of them on the first shot, except for writing. You see, I had moved to a new school that year, and turns out that all of my new classmates had taken grammar and writing as their English class in 8th grade. Smart, right? My previous school wasn’t so bright. My 8th grade teacher thought it would be more fun to teach literature.
So I was clueless on how to write…plus I had ADD. I’d start day dreaming about ninja warriors halfway through the exam time. Now, when you fail, you get another chance…but you can only take it twice a year. So the next time I failed…and then the next time I failed…and then the next time I failed. I got to my junior year and still hadn’t passed this 9th grade proficiency test. So I got the help from my 9th grade English teacher, Mrs. Byers. And this sweet lady walked me through the steps of good writing. In the Spring of my junior year of high school, I passed that stupid 9th Grade Proficiency test.
Mrs. Byers gave me a chance. She didn’t cast me aside.
Find out why this and other examples gives us hope for us all.
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God is up to something. Where we humans spend our time creating an unbalanced divide of rich and poor, haves and have-nots, God is spending time making the world to reflect how He sees us: the same.
A Psalm for the Second Sunday in Advent:
1 Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to a king’s son.
2 May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.
3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness.
4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
5 May he live while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth.
7 In his days may righteousness flourish
and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 72:1–7; 18-19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
What if I had cooler clothes? Or better (meaning more) hair? What if I lost 8 pounds? What if I could blow minds every time I explained something?
Wouldn’t that be great? Well…not really. Not if I were all sizzle and no steak, as they say. (who says that?)
Point is, content beats presentation every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Search for depth…real, profound, life-shaking depth. And then pull out some real content in life. Live the life that means something; that God designs. Your story will be worth reading if it’s a good book.