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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Discovery

Anyone who makes fun of wisdom will never find it, but knowledge comes easily to those who understand its value. 
(Proverbs 14:6 ERV)

Socrates reminds us the only true wisdom is in knowing that you know absolutely nothing! On occasion, my BFF will ask me a silly question that goes something like, "Is there anything you cannot do?" I usually just glare at her or answer there are a lot of things I don't know and have never tried. Some will never be known by me, nor tried, for they are not in the plans God has for me in this lifetime. There will always be things we cannot know or do in this lifetime, but we can count on this - the things we need for today are readily at our disposal simply by asking God for them!

The knowledge we need for today's decisions is at our disposal - we often just don't go to the right source. I have several websites I consult when I want to figure out something challenging with a spreadsheet function or formula at work. The problem comes in knowing what it is that I want to do (at least knowing how to describe it in "Excel-speak"). I know what I want to accomplish, but I may not know the right name for the formula or function, so I spend a great deal of time trying to figure out what something is called before I can ever accomplish doing it!

In life, we often spend more time trying to put a "name" to what it is we hope to accomplish and a lot less time actually accomplishing it! This is not always a problem, because the time we spend discovering the destination is often helping us to get ready for what it is we shall encounter once we arrive. The issue comes in not asking for the wisdom to get from where we are to where we want or need to be. Wisdom is best exercised in the time we spend asking - for in asking we make discovery - in discovery we make steps forward or stop what we are doing. Part of asking is in listening - for whatever we desire in this lifetime will only be accomplished when we are wise enough to discover through listening to the voice of God. Just sayin!