Fundamental

“A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.”

– Proverbs 13:1

Fundamental to all that Proverbs teaches is the notion that we do not in and of ourselves think correctly about life and that we each need the corrective instruction…

  • of God – “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke.” – Proverbs 3:11
  • of our parents – “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching” – Proverbs 1:8
  • of God’s people – “He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray” – Proverbs 10:17

It should come as no surprise then that to reject the corrective instruction of God and others is to reject the fundamental principle of wisdom: the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7).

The Perfect Wisdom of our God

Lyrics:

The perfect wisdom of our God
Revealed in all the universe:
All things created by His hand
And held together at His command.
He knows the mysteries of the seas,
The secrets of the stars are His;
He guides the planets on their way
And turns the earth through another day.

The matchless wisdom of His ways
That mark the path of righteousness;
His word a lamp unto my feet,
His Spirit teaching and guiding me.
And O the mystery of the cross,
That God should suffer for the lost,
So that the fool might shame the wise,
And all the glory might go to Christ!

O grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
“Your perfect will in Your perfect way.”

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Which One Are You: Reservoir or Canal?

 

Christmas Wisdom from the 10th century:

If you are wise therefore you will show yourself a reservoir and not a canal. For a canal pours out as fast as it takes in; but a reservoir waits till it is full before it over flows, and so communicates its surplus…We have all too few such reservoirs in the Church at present, though we have canals in plenty.

– Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on Song of Songs

How Smart Are You?

Great post here from Dave Kraft, Leadership Development Pastor at Mars Hill Church.

For as long as I can remember, smart was equated with intellect and brain power. Smart had to do with grades in school, SAT scores, and one’s GPA. This was the case until author Daniel Goleman kicked the old paradigm in the head in 1997 by writing Emotional Intelligence, which redefined how we understand intelligence. Goleman makes a case for relational intelligence that knows how to get along with others; being smart at building collaborative relationships. The good news is that emotional intelligence (EI) is not fixed, as IQ is generally thought to be. EI can be nurtured and strengthened in everyone.

Real Wisdom = Healthy Relationships

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere” (James 3:17).

It seems to me that James is equating real wisdom with healthy relationships. Is he leaning toward EI rather than IQ in describing wisdom that comes from the Lord Jesus? I find it helpful that Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of James 3:17 in The Message starts the verse off with, “Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others…”

This is the era of the team, not the solo leader. Leadership today is more about enabling and empowering than bossing direct reports around out of personal intellectual brilliance. Leaders who are good at developing and maintaining healthy relationships and tapping the power of those relationships will be the most valuable leaders to an organization or church. Long gone are the days in leadership where the know-it-all does it all as he sits at the top and dictates while both under-valuing and under-appreciating what others bring to the table.

So, how smart are you?