wisdom

Inscribed #Haiku

heart hard as granite
inscribed by diamond tip
great pearls of wisdom

Inspired by Scripture and linked to Ronovan’s weekly challenge

Zechariah 7:12  They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 7:6  “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

The Source of Wisdom: a tanka/haibun

From Ronovan Writes, this week we have two new, as always, prompt words to compose a hnaiku from (though I chose to write a tanka): Source and Thought.

Believe me when I say that the tanka is based in real-life experience: mine! Wether we admit it or not, I think we all believe we know all there is to know at the ripe old age of 16-18. Then around 25 or so we have the reverlation that we were wrong – but now we certainly do know all there is to know! When I turned 40 I finally came tothe truth: I was just beginning to have a clue. And I honestly think this applies to 99% of all folks, no matter if they/we admit it or not.

in my youth I though
wisdom is the greatest strength
the source – God above
time brought many changes- bad
good comes from God above
When I wrote this the following Scripture came to mind, and here I share it with you:

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”  James 3:13-18

Wisdom

Many folks, in my opinion, confuse wisdom with knowledge or intellect. Wisdom come from experience, and many times from mistakes: mistakes we make and, hopefully, learn from the experiences they being about. The Apostle Paul tells us that we are to use the examples of the mistakes made by men and women in the Old Testament to learn from, so as to not repeat those same mistakes ourselves. 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭4‬ ESV)

Using this knowledge adds to our wisdom – if we aren’t too stubborn to apply it. It seems to me that most of us are too stubborn and have to make our own mistakes, experience their consequences, and then learn from them. 

 

we don’t learn wisdom
though we have the examples 
mistakes will be made

while we reside in this life
within ourselves is our strife
© Greg Wolford

Linked to the CDHK challenge #708 wisdom