“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” Proverbs 4:7 (NIV).
Like standing in a racing wagon with my bonnet blown back, feet braced, pulling the reins and yelling “Whoa,” it’s my job to direct my anxious thoughts. The distractions of life are fierce for me this time of year, and I often feel obliged to race after every good work that enters my head for my family, my community, my world. But wisdom keeps my holiday stress under control and my horses where they belong.
The most important thing is wisdom, with the emphasis on the word thing; more important than any thing, than every thing. I know following Jesus, working hard, loving my neighbor, is what I am called to do. Other than these values, what thing should I acquire? Wisdom.
If you’d like to follow me in my pursuit of wisdom, I’m going to post my daily proverb and comment, and I’d love to hear from you, either here or on Facebook. Let’s start January 1 with Proverbs chapter 1. I’ll post a favorite or two from that chapter, then on January 2 I’ll do the same with chapter 2.
Wisdom says, “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me” Proverbs 8:17 (NIV).
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
My friends cluster around me at the coffee shop every Thursday morning. They lean their heads in close and wait for me to say something, anything, as though I’m harboring golden nuggets of insight for their lives (or hiding chocolate in my pocket). A sweet component is that we’ve circulated in the same community for many years, and have a long history of shared relationships and memories.
They’re wonderful listeners, and that’s what makes them valuable critiquers. They kindly sharpen me, humbly correct me, and thoroughly encourage me. With them my writing has improved and my goals are being reached. It’s just plain fun to experience their gentle admonitions and raucous exultations.
It’s been more than a month since my last blog post. I’ve been taxed with working on my novel and my home commitments – and honestly, I’ve allowed Facebook to pull me away. I was prepared to announce today that I’m not going to work on my novel for the month of December, and call it something clever like NoWriNoMoFoNow. (Instead of NaNoWriMo which is National Novel Writing Month). But I don’t think that’ll stick. My friends are waiting to see what’s in my pocket.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis
I’m sure there are many bloggers blogging their bloggiest (and posting their postiest, tweeting their tweetiest, pinning their pinningest) about the election a few days ago. How strange that I cannot find words to express my thoughts or feelings about it. Maybe I have nothing to add to what’s already being said. Maybe I just have no desire to add to the already heated arguments.
I know there are believers in Jesus who choose not to vote, and those who struggle with anger because of that choice. I know there are many who are politically active, as well as others who cannot dream of the possibility of a true believer serving in the political realm at all.
My bottom line is I will do my best to love God and follow where he leads, and show love to my neighbor as I would want it for myself. Yes, it’s simplistic, but I can’t think of doing any better than that.