Jan 24, 2010

Sunday Soaking - Lacking wisdom, I'm a lot like a person who grabs a dog by the ear

Welcome to my Sunday Soaking. Let's take a dip shall we?
Tipsy Tuesdays

A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Prov. 19:11

This week I did something unwise. No, I mean it. Really really foolish.

I overreacted to something someone emailed to me and wrote a small novel in response, which wasn't very nice. Now I certainly could use the excuse that I was PMSing, which certainly does explain some of it, because I am a crazy person when the hormones come me and hormones, not such good friends.

But really if I had just had one rational thought stepped back and prayed about it, I would bet I wouldn't have sent that email. Fortunately the woman's response was short and sweet, and when I saw her next and apologized, she forgave and said she was just glad she didn't respond to my response... which, I guess, makes her the bigger person.

The Bible is full of tidbits about wisdom, both the Old and New Testaments, but of course, the book that has the most to say about it is the book of Proverbs. Solomon was known as a wise guy, and not in the obnoxious jokester sorta way. He also wrote the major depressing book of Ecclesiastes, which I could write post after post about. But I won't.

Back to wisdom. Here are some great pieces of advice we should all take heed to.

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.
Proverbs 15:17
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14
As a dog returns to its vomit,
so a fool repeats his folly.
Proverbs 26:11
Do not move an ancient boundary stone
set up by your forefathers.
Proverbs 22:28
An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.
Proverbs 24:26
Like one who seizes a dog by the ears
is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Proverbs 26:17

Just now you might be second guessing reading this post.  You might feel confused or convicted or maybe just amused.  There is a lot in there, some makes perfect sense, a few others need a little explanation and, perhaps, a back story.

Do you ever feel like a person full of wisdom?  Do you ever feel like a person who is anything BUT?

My life has been a love/hate relationship with wisdom.  I love wisdom and desire to be wise, yet the path to wisdom is uncomfortable.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
       fear the LORD and shun evil.   Proverbs 3:5-7

It's uncomfortable because wisdom comes ONLY from God.  If you think you are wise, yet don't lean completely on Him, then you are NOT wise, you can't be, because God is wise.  Fortunately, He is not stingy with that wisdom.  James 1:5 says "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

So, back to that foolish thing I did earlier this week.  It's amazing to think that if I had paused, prayed and listened, that God might have whispered "Just let it go".  But instead I embarrassed myself, and now God is reminding me to lean on Him, and to not worry about what other people think.

Still waiting to be wise, but I guess realizing that I'm not is a step in the right direction!

What about you?  What lessons have you learned about wisdom and foolishness recently?

This post was inspired by Chapter 4 of  the Organic God by Margaret Steinberg.

Just me, AJ


  1. v
    Very nicely written from someone who knows she doesn't have all the answers but relies on Him who does!

    God bless!

  2. Everyday I embarrass my self:)
    Just when I think the Lord has taught me everything I need to know,He humbles me AGAIN!
    Part of life, that is so great she took it so well. What a good friend.

  3. 'the path to wisdom is uncomfortable'--so wonderfuly expressed and so true. i believe myself to be wise (and act upon this wisdom) when i want to be or when i feel like it. the other times, well, i too end up embarrased and wishing i had kept still.

  4. I resisted commenting on my sister's blog because if I had commented, IT WOULD'VE BEEN MEAN. I am proud of resisting.
    Then again, I didn't resist sending her an email telling her about something she did that made me sad/mad, but I had a ROUGH week, so it's understandable. I hope.

  5. Definitely a step in the right direction.

    I'm learning that I really need to wait on thing and not react right away because my reaction is not pretty if I don't have time to think about it.

  6. What a wonderful post! I have a hard time biting my tongue and waiting until I can respond with a clear head. But it's always better to think it through first, isn't it?

  7. This post is wonderful! I am (admittedly) foolish often...I jump to conclusions, I make thoughtless mistakes. I'm far from perfect. I like this post because it really made me think :)
    (Oh. And I never feel like I am full of wisdom. I am the "anything but" side of things!)

  8. OH boy, I've done that before. And I learned from it just like you. I think this was a great post--full of humility AND wisdom.

  9. ahhh the email 'books' lol. Been there. Regretted that. ha ha!

  10. Great post! All but the "dog returns to his vomit" - ick!

  11. Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
    than a fattened calf with hatred.
    Proverbs 15:17

    When Jesus comes back, he'll be vegan.

    I love this blog, thank you for sharing. I try to pray before I send off anything important too. I have a hard time biting my tongue when I'm hungry or sleepy for some reason.

  12. I think email is a dangerous medium because of the speed with which we can fire off snarky replies. At least if we had to mail a letter we'd have all the time until the postman comes to think it over. As it is we hit "send" and then think of our apology.


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