“If you can't serve, you can't rule.”
Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my door posts.
For he who finds me finds life
And obtains favor from the LORD.
PROVERBS 8:34-35 NASB
I remember when I was a kid how I thought wisdom and knowledge were the same thing. As I got older I still related education and knowledge to those I thought were wise. And some people who are highly educated are truly wise. Part of wisdom is to seek instruction and learning. During the decades of the sixties and seventies, I was part of the sub-culture known as hippies. Somewhere during this time I began again to see wisdom as something different than what I had previously perceived. During those times we used to look at society as being plastic and not real. Today I realize that my view and my life style at that time also was not real. Most all of us who were part of that sub-culture have now blended into the main stream of society. We have brought some of the aspects of that sub-culture and have woven it into the American society of today. I am not saying that that was right, it is just what has happened. Many health issues that the hippies were aware of have become well know and regarded as useful today. Examples are our use of refined sugar, bleached wheat flour, too much red meat in our diet, not enough fresh vegetables and fresh fruits. Back then we seemed to realize that the American society had health issues because of the way they lived. We came to know this because most of us chose our life style and with it we were considered as outcasts, and therefore many were unemployable. We were forced to live on brown rice, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, whole wheat bread we baked ourselves, and ate very little candy. Other kinds of munchies we did enjoy at times. I remember how much better I felt with this diet, and I thought of myself as wise for living that way. I pretty much rationalized the whole thing. I was not wise, because along with the health food came the abuse of drugs and a life style with no commitment to family values. Communal living seemed right. Today as I approach seventy-three years of age, I have a different view of wisdom. I am able top see where Jesus understood wisdom, He said “it is not what goes into the body that makes the difference, but what comes out of the body, because what comes out of the body comes out of the heart.” Today I understand that spiritual wisdom should be first, and natural wisdom will follow. Wisdom is having a heart that produces love and service toward my fellow man. I may gain much material wealth in this life, but what I take with me will be the service and love I extended toward others. Today I see wisdom in this concept. Thanks for letting me share and turn back the clock. Today the greatest piece of wisdom in my life is to know that God has and continues to do for me what I could not do for myself…….toad
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