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The only thing.

The concept that wisdom only comes with age and experience is like saying that basketball prowess comes through simple observation alone. Wisdom does come as we age, of course, and the odds of getting it increase with time, but it is actually achieved through the active process of seeking understanding and the application of the understanding – practicing discernment in our daily choices.

So seeking wisdom begets wisdom. Thirsting for understanding leads us in walking a careful and thoughtful path of curiosity and wonder in a relationship with God as we understand that we can learn, know and discover many things, but in the long-run – all knowledge and wisdom are His.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

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(Images from my sketchbook 5/22)

Understanding is something that can be achieved at any age.

Wisdom is different than intelligence.

Wisdom (noun) – the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.

Intelligence (noun) –  capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.

So we see intelligence is the ability to grasp truth, but not the capability in seeking it and following it justly. Smart people may see the “right” path plain as day, but not see following it as the “right” answer. Wise people will see the right path and choose it, knowing the cost, but knowing there is truly no other better alternative.

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“Receive your day piece by piece from Him

who will remember always

when He gives you work to do,

that you need strength to do it.”

– Priscilla Maurice – 

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Dear Lord,

Give us faith and wisdom in our walk with You. Help us to discern between Your voice and all the endless chatter that exists in the world. We know that your word is truth, light and redemption for the lost. We know your plans for us are for good. Your plans are to prosper us and not to harm us. God, we ask for wisdom to stay on the path with you.

Amen.

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i find sustenance, warmth, and light in this eloquent post. thank you for it. tony

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I’m so glad you could take something from it. Thanks for your kind words!

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