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Grow in wisdom with the Lord

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POSTED: July 12, 2010 2:27 p.m.
I am sitting here typing away on the computer in my office at church. When I finish writing what I want to say to you, I will save the document, attach it to an e-mail and send it to the editor of the paper.
I will never print a hard copy of it, and I doubt they will either. They will “cut and paste” the article electronically, and the first time it is on paper will be in a copy of the newspaper.
I have to admit something to you. I find the whole process mind-boggling.
You see, I grew up in the age when papers were turned in on lined paper, written in long-hand. I took typing class in high school, and then I bought my first electric typewriter while a college student. It had ink and correction cartridges that I would insert in the side when needed.
That typewriter died of old age and overuse a number of years later. But it more than paid for itself, both in my work, and in the work I did for friends in the dormitory (I made $1 a page, $1.50 if footnotes were included).
Today’s college student can buy a laptop computer for only a little more than I paid for my typewriter and much less in terms of how long they have to work to make that money. The laptop will be so much more helpful in so many ways. And that is only one of the many changes in learning in recent years (I also used a slide rule in my day).
Some of the changes make me uncomfortable. I always think that the way I learned something has to be the best method. But my wife, the teacher, reminds me that some of the ways I learned are not better. They are just old.
But there is one thing we must learn that still is best learned the old way. That is the way to get wisdom. You see, wisdom is not merely book learning. Wisdom involves not merely what we know, but how we put that knowledge to use. There are many who are smart but have no wisdom. And there are many without advanced degrees and education whom are nevertheless wise.
The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” It also says, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally to all…”
I need wisdom. I need wisdom to be a better husband, father, pastor, writer and quite frankly – a better man. I can’t find that wisdom in a book, on the computer, or even just through experience.
But I can grow wiser as I seek God on a daily basis.
I want to grow in wisdom. So I’m going to ask the Lord to give the wisdom I need for each new day. And I will pray the same for you. May we all grow wiser each day.

 

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