Wisdom – A deep understanding and keen ability to grasp and comprehend inner qualities and relationships that might not necessarily be evident. The capacity to exercise sound judgment, arrive at just conclusions and make good decisions.
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 – Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” (NIV 1984)
My Musing – Superior intellect does not make you wise. Knowing a lot does not make you wise. The best education does not make you wise. In depth training does not make you wise. Years of experience does not make you wise. Even the wisdom of this world can go only so far, especially if sought independently of spiritual discernment.
My Advice – Seek wisdom so you can exercise sound judgment, conclude justly and make good decisions. Hopefully the words of “A Dad’s Devotions” will help. For sure seeking God’s Word will.
1 Corinthians 4:2 – Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Trust is the confident reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone. Being trustworthy means that we are worthy or deserving of that trust. Finally, it is deserveed because of past actions or demonstrations of character, ability, strength or truth. Actions and demonstrations are plural, and in the case of trust the actions and demonstrations are consistent enough to prove they can be counted on. They are reliable. In other words, you expect nothing different no matter the situation or the circumstance (through “thick and thin”).
- We cannot tell people to trust us. It is the result of feeling safe (Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last). Feeling safe because dependability has already been proven.
- We cannot buy trust. To paraphrase an old television advertisement, “we gain trust the old-fashioned way – we earn it” (E.F. Hutton).
- We cannot sell trust. “Your words and deeds must match if you expect [people] to trust in [you] (Kevin Kruse).” We cannot sell it with words, but people will buy it when it is backed up by deeds (e.g. keeping your word).
- We cannot question trust. “Trust, but verify,” (Russian proverb quoted by President Ronald Reagan). This quote is backwards. We trust because trustworthiness has already been demonstrated. There is no trust before it has been verified (found worthy). Then, if it is trustworthy, it needs no further verification.
- Trust cannot be taken – “People follow leaders by choice. Without trust, at best you get compliance,” (Jesse Lyn Stoner, author of Full Steam Ahead). People can choose to give trust, but it cannot be taken from them against their will.
- Trust can be lost – “Trust is the hardest thing to gain and the easiest to lose” (Alka Dimri Saklani, Beyond Secrets).
My Advice – You cannot only appear to be trustworthy. You must be trustworthy. It is what you would want from others and what others want from you.
Experience – Direct observation and/or participation.
Proverbs 26:11 – As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Education is the beginning. Training is a transition. Experience is an on-going process that keeps on building.
My Advice – Everyday, you will deal with new experiences. Some will be mistakes. Learn from both your successful experiences and your not so successful ones to keep growing and expanding. Do not repeat your folly. Some people end their career with one year of experience repeated forty times. Others end their career with forty years worth of experiences. All teaching something new.
Training – To make fit, qualified or proficient by instruction, discipline or drills.
1 Timothy 4:7-8 – [T]rain yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Many leave college thinking they now know it all and neglect training. In so doing, they are slow to become (or never become) fit or qualified for their job.
My Advice – The early part of your career will be your training ground. Apply yourself to it with the same dedication that you did with college, and you will do well. But remember that it is just one piece of the puzzle. After all, you can train a dog, but that does not make it wise.
Education – To provide schooling by formal instruction or supervised practice.
Hebrews 5:11-6:1 – We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – The world is full of educated fools, who have been taught but failed to learn. Who took in the teaching, but could not use (apply) it.
My Advice – You have one of the finest educations that money could buy. But money did not buy it all. You earned it with a lot of hard work and dedication – and we are proud of you for that. Now dedicate yourself to not only make a living, but to make a life for Christ.
Knowledge – Being aware of or possessing facts, information and ideas.
Matthew 7:24-27 – “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV 1984)
My Musings – A lot of people’s minds are cluttered with facts, information and ideas that they never use.
My Advice – Don’t be content with just knowing things. Know how to use them. Know how to use God’s Word for His honor and glory.
Intelligence – The ability or capacity to learn and understand.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Many people have the capacity, but do not follow through and use it for learning and understanding.
My Advice – God has blessed you with an above average intellect. You have honored Him by applying it to learn and understand. Learn and understand His Word.