Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wisdom is More Than Knowledge

We live in the information age. We deal in large degree in our jobs with documents, e-mails, websites, media, phone calls, conversations and meetings which are all almost entirely done in the realm of thought and theory. What is missing? There was a day when most of our lives were dealing with tangible things. What is scary is that we are so caught up with information that we can get very little actually done and yet be incredibly stressed and busy. We can also tend to get unbalanced, we can get very good at dealing with information and very bad at doing anything tangible with it.

Wisdom in the Biblical sense is "applied knowledge". It includes both the concept of information and the concept of action. Real wisdom is not only knowing the right thing to do but also doing it. A person who knows all the right things but does none of them is foolish not wise. And yet a person who is all action and does very little thinking or reflecting is also foolish and not wise. Growing in wisdom means growing in knowing the right thing to do and growing in the actively doing those things.

  "If you realize you're not as wise today as you thought you were yesterday, you are wiser today!"