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October 18, 2017, 5:00 AM

What action steps will you take going forward that will enable you to make wiser decisions?



When I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood like a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away my childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

 

I can’t recall all of the many words of wisdom provided to me by my father. I can tell you that at the age of 16 I thought he was kind of old fashioned and unimaginative. I can also tell you that now I fell like a total idiot for not absorbing so much of the godly wisdom that he poured into me. I working on things with dad. From the time I can remember anything I remember the thrill of fixing a problem on a car, repairing something on a house, and how impatient I would get when things weren’t going like I thought they should . I also remember getting frustrated as a young boy and complaining to my father of what a fixer I was. His reply: “Son, if you want to be a good, find someone who knows what they are doing and watch them.” From that point on, I watched mechanics and carpenters, studied their tool selection and repair strategies, and mimicked whatever I saw them do. The result, I became pretty good at building and fixing things.

 

Dad gave me other advice. Limit your alcohol consumption, treat people with respect, honor your mother, and study the Word. He also gave me incredibly good practical advice. Finish what you start, change your motor oil every three thousand miles, and go to college.  Some of dad’s advice came naturally to me. I innately wanted to follow it. Others, not so much. I ran with a group of friends who also gave me advice, who wanted to influence me, and to shape my thinking and view of the world. And while their intentions were good, they lacked the salt that my dad’s wisdom had.  The result, is a lot of regret, a lot of lessons learned the hard way, and too much separation from the man God wanted me to be.

 

You are the company you keep. Have you ever heard that? Pray about those you surround yourself with. Does that mean that you abdicate your responsibility to love and influence your close friends? Absolutely not. But it does mean that a godly person understands that iron sharpens iron, and that we need to keep our Christ following friends, very, very close to us.  I do not have a silver bullet that will eliminate all of my bad decisions.  For what it’s worth neither did David, Solomon, or the disciples. We’re all in a battle between heaven and hell, and simply knowing that can frame our decision-making process in a more godly light.  Author John Eldridge says that “God is a God of process.” I think what he means by that is that a follower of God is on a never-ending pursuit of Him.

 

Every moment can be a longing to learn more, to love Him more, and to understand Him more. Draw near to God; and He will draw close to you (James 4:8). I think if there is a silver bullet, this would probably be it. What action steps will you take going forward that will enable you to make wiser decisions? Who has God placed in your life to speak wisdom to you?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, keep me in Your company this week.  Lord please pour Your wisdom into me, and allow this wisdom to become a part of the fabric of who I am. I pray that I learn to listen and adhere to the wise advice of friends, colleagues, and even strangers that You put in my path to shape me into the person You want me to be. I am yours Jesus, and I seek Your wisdom, Your love, and Your forgiveness today. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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