The older I get the more I appreciate the wisdom around me. When I was young I looked at older people as being “old school” “stuffy” or “out of touch”. I had little use for their “fuddy duddy” views. My lack of wisdom was quite evident as I foolishly judged and labeled their wisdom as “religious” among other things.
I despised the counsel of those that were trying to help me as I trusted more and more in my own wisdom. The results often landed me in a world of regret.
With age I have gained some wisdom. I have learned to value and appreciate those around me who have greater wisdom than I. I am now thankful for the lessons and experiences of others that have guided me through the years. I have no problem seeking out the counsel of those whose wisdom has become evident to me.
What exactly is wisdom? The World English Dictionary defines wisdom as “The ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight.” It is not enough to have knowledge but to be able to understand and use that knowledge.
The Bible in Proverbs 1:7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools ( a stupid fellow) despise wisdom and instruction.” It is important to be teachable and humble. There is always wisdom to be gained as long as we are alive. Not only does the fool despise wisdom but I believe it is the fool who thinks he is wiser than he is.
With each passing day, I see a greater need for wisdom. The older I get the more it seems that I find myself seeking the wisdom of God as well as the counsel of others. I have discovered a valuable gift that I desire and pray fervently for.