Wisdom is where you find it. For example, last week my shoeshine guy said something in passing that was absolutely brilliant. To put that in perspective you should know that he was a drug dealer, user, pimp, and spent some time in prison before getting his life together. He is also absolutely honest and has street cred integrity. And he dropped a word of wisdom that was amazing. You’ll read about it in next week’s blog “Seven Signs Of A Poverty Mentality.” Wisdom is where you find it.
My friend Dr. Stan DeKoven spoke at our conference, sharing that his teaching came from the previous Sunday’s message at the church that he attends, with the inference that he was taking a good teaching and making it better. (Actually, it was a little more than inferred!) That started me re-looking at Ecclesiastes and I’ve spent the month making better great. (No inference there at all!) Wisdom is where you find it.
The world seems to lack wisdom. It may be the need for instantaneous gratification or the distraction of a plugged-in society. Perhaps it’s because we are so future oriented that we don’t value the past. But more than likely it is simply that we don’t understand that we need understanding. If you don’t have wisdom you’ll never live a well lived life.
HOW DO YOU GET WISDOM?
EXPERIENCE is a great teacher. My favorite Uncle tells a favorite story of how, as a boy, he wondered how fast the BB was traveling as it left the barrel of his Red Ryder Air Rifle. Curiosity finally won out and he devised an experiment—he cocked the rifle, put his thumb over the barrel, and pulled the trigger. He said that he never did that again. Nor did he ever put his thumb over the barrel of one of his hunting rifles to determine how fast the bullet was traveling. Wisdom is learned from experience. But experience is often a costly teacher.
YOU CAN GET WISDOM FROM A WISE ONE, someone that’s been there, done that, and has all the T-Shirts can impart wisdom. If you can find a wise one. I say “if” because we are living in an age of opinion and there is a vast difference between wisdom and opinion. Opinion follows conventional thinking—wisdom generally not. Opinion is based on feeling. Wisdom is based on information, experimentation, and confirmation. Find a wise one, if you can, then listen. Because if there’s one thing that will shut off your access to wisdom it is asking for it, acknowledging it to be wisdom, then doing the exact opposite thing. Been there, seen that, and my time is too valuable to waste on people that don’t take the advice they ask for. BY THE WAY—I am a certified wise one. Must be. We were at the movie theater and the ticket seller looked up and said, “Are you a wise one?” It took me a minute to realize that he was asking if I qualified for the senior’s discount. I told him, “Barely”, pointed to the Beautiful Woman and said, “She’s obviously a wise one too, because she’s with me.”
WISDOM CAN BE READ. You’re reading wisdom at this very moment. And in a few minutes you can meet me “Behind The Door” and discover wisdom from one of the great books of wisdom—Ecclesiastes.
THE WISDOM BOOKS IN THE BIBLE ARE LIKE BUDDHIST KOANS. They’re not as much meant to be read as they are meant to provoke thought. For example, the Buddhist Koan “What is the sound of one hand clapping” perplexes the Western mind because there is no sound of one hand clapping. That’s the point. It takes two hands to clap. Two people to be in relationship. Without relationship meaningful actions are few. So it is with Proverbs, Song Of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. Proverbs can be read as a series of proverbs, but if you’ve actually read the book you realize that often one proverbs contradicts another proverb in the very same chapter. You read of two women, the virtuous woman and the harlot, and you may think Proverbs is about a man relationship to women, but it’s not—the women represent two kinds of wisdom, one spiritual, the other carnal. And don’t get me started on Song Of Solomon! I’s a sex manual!! Or at least that’s how the Rabbinical Father’s saw it. They only allowed men over the age of thirty to read it. Too racy for younger men or women. But it’s more then a sex manual and there’s wisdom to be found between the lines. And that’s where most of Ecclesiastes wisdom is found—between the lines. We’re going to read between the line and find wisdom for a well lived life. Meet me “Behind The Door.”
It's the end of the month… this is the last blog of the month… next week the password that gets you “Behind The Door” will change… so I’m giving you the password for this week. It’s HARVEST. I’ll meet you “Behind The Door.”