Thursday, January 12, 2012

Trading Stupid for Wise~ Day 12 (31 Days of Wisdom)

Those who love discipline love knowledge,
and those who hate correction are stupid. ~Proverbs 12:1, CEB


I'm not too proud to admit that for most of my life, I have been stupid.
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Too proud to listen to instruction.

Too haughty to heed advice.

Too much of a "know it all" to realize I didn't know it AT all.

Not very teachable.

Definitely not a fan of correction.

Undoubtedly, not wise.


Wise.

We all want to be thought wise, but could it be, our desire to be considered wise has us climbing up the wrong tree?

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom?
Here's what you do:
Live well, live wisely, live humbly.
It's the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts.
Mean-spirited ambition isn't wisdom.
Boasting that you are wise isn't wisdom.
Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn't wisdom.
It's the furthest thing from wisdom—it's animal cunning, devilish conniving.
~ James 3:13-16, The Message

The Weymouth New Testament puts James 3:13 this way:
Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man? Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit.

A teachable spirit.

That phrase takes us right back to Day 1 and my post entitled "Where Wisdom Begins". I knew it would show up sooner or later. After all, isn't a teachable spirit one of the primary keys to unlocking the door of wisdom?

But, what does it mean to have a teachable spirit?


To be wise, we have to first admit that we are unwise.
And,
to be teachable, we first have to acknowledge that we need to be taught.

The journey to wisdom begins with humility.

Humbly listening to advice.   (Really listening, not simply nodding our head, saying uh-huh, and then disregarding what was said.)



Humbly receiving criticism.   (Taking the criticism, analyzing the validity of it, formulating a way to use it, and then applying it to our life if it is indeed constructive.)



Humbly being open to correction.  (Admitting when we are wrong, or when our way didn't work, and then using the correction to learn from our mistake and do it right the next time.)

Listening.

Receiving.

Admitting.

Changing.

It's all about becoming....



becoming humble in the sight of the Lord

that we in turn might

become  truly wise in the eyes of the world,
lifting high our Saviour,
drawing all men unto HIM.


Because, you see,


I'm not too proud to admit that the source of my wisdom is God,

and God alone~

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3 comments:

  1. Dear Stacy. While reading your "A Little About Me", tears filled my eyes. Because it is like this story is about me. The only difference is, that I found all this out only a couple of months ago. Just like you, I bought a brand new Bible, started reading all over again, and it was like reading it for the very first time, and finally understanding God's amazing love for me! Finally, after so many years, I am being healed (I am 46 years old).I am very glad I stumbled upon your blog (through your comment at Rhoda's blog), because you bring so much hope! When I read how the Lord turned your life around, and filled your days with grace, I believe that He can do the same for me. I will follow your journey to wisdom. Thank you very much. May the Lord bless you! Kind regards from the Netherlands, Annette

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  2. amen! He is our wisdom! Those who love discipline love knowledge,
    and those who hate correction are stupid. ~Proverbs 12:1, CEB

    so funny how this vese jumped out at me yesterday while I was in the Word! glad you shared it! fine post!

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  3. Yes, God and God alone...the source of my wisdom.

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