January 3, 2013

Seeking Wisdom in/for 2013

Happy new year!  I wonder how the first couple days have been for you.  I've been very tired, and I didn't even make it to midnight to ring in the new year on Monday night!  Today I'm feeling much more rested, however, perhaps that's why you're hearing from me.  :)

Usually I make a buncha crazy resolutions this time of year.  I do have some thoughts in the back of my head, but I didn't wrap up 2012 with a concrete plan for the new year other than to read through these books:

And keep reading the Bible.  This morning I was thinking about focusing on the Psalms and Proverbs this year.  Do you have any good books on your end table that you're planning to read?

All that said, the real reason I'm writing today is to share these verses with you from Proverbs 3.
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
    the man who gains understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
    those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

Reading these this morning got me to thinking about how I don't necessarily pursue wisdom.  I look for good  advice or suggestions as to a good way to do things, but that is not always the same as seeking wisdom.  Then I thought about how I could also be helping my children to seek and desire wisdom - and that perhaps that is even more important than getting them to simply obey me.  (Though it is wise to obey one's mother and father!) 

Aaaaaanyhow, I wanted to invite you to chew on these verses a little with me here at the beginning of 2013.  According to Scripture, finding wisdom is "where it's at," and it begins with the fear of the Lord.  I'd love to be a little wiser (to God's glory) by the end of this year.  How about you?  The Bible teaches that we begin that process by looking to our God - the source of all wisdom - learning from His word, listening to and for Him in prayer, asking the Spirit to work in our lives.  In short, leaning not on our own understanding, but rather leaning on Him to find the straight path.  There I'm sure we'll find God's got some renovation in store for us this year, without making any official resolutions of our own!  :)

Happy New Year, friends!

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