Reflections by the Sea: Wisdom
By Betsy Ore Glass
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5
The definition of wisdom is the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action. I saw a quote this past week saying, “Knowledge was the ability to know what to do and wisdom was knowing how and when to do it.” Well I have failed at that one! In such an effort to help others and lessen their sufferings in life, I tend to help without being asked. Oh, how I long for wisdom! Not having it has gotten me into trouble at times!
Things can get out of balance in our relationships when we give our words of wisdom too freely, without being asked. I had a friend tell me that he begs to tell his adult children about things in life, but he realizes he has to be asked by them first. And they don’t ask! He laughs and says, “But I know things and I can help!” It is hard for people like us to sit silent, but we must.
The book of Proverbs is laden with wisdom. Had I only known that years ago! A pastor once told me that because there are 31 chapters in Proverbs, it is a part of his daily Bible reading to read a chapter a day each month and start over again the next month. He has done this for years. If you are searching for wisdom, you will find it in Proverbs. Then, we pray that God will help us to learn when and how to use it for His Glory. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. – Proverbs 4:11
Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at email@example.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.
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