Wisdom and Humility
Following Jesus is a walk of growth down the road of humility. It is interesting that the older I get the more aware I am of how little I know. When I was much younger, I was less likely to ask for advice or to open my life up for examination. The problem today is that it is very hard to hide one’s life when you are living in the spot light. Maybe that is part of the reason why I love to retreat into solutde when I get the chance. Those of you who are pastors will understand the the old saying that the pastorate is like living in a fish bowl and this can be true of all leaders. One negative of life in the fish bowl is that there are some people who feel their calling in life is to watch you, waiting for the chance to tell you what you are doing wrong. Now I am not interested in listening to people like that, however there are those that speak that have something to say that I need to hear whether I like it or not. This reminds me of, Proverbs 9:8-10.“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (NIV) You see when I was younger I struggled with correction, because I felt like I had failed and I was trying to please everybody and to be perfect, how dumb was that?Funny thing is that I never believed I was a perfectionist because I was so far from perfect, however there was and maybe still is a part of me that is a perfectionist by nature, not wanting to make any mistakes or being seen making mistakes, again how dumb is that. However today I have grown to understand that I am on a journey of maturity and I can let others in on the poorly kept secret that I don’t have it all together yet. Like Paul said, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” * (Phil 3:12 NIV)The insights of Proverbs, 9:8-10. reminds me that I need to hear the voices of others that God can use to speak into my life. This does not make it any easier for at times it is hard to hear correction. This does not mean that we have to be a sponge where everyone can come and pour garbage into our life. However, that being said we do need to ask the question, is there truth in what they are saying. A way of doing that is to discuss it with people that we trust who will be honest with us, allowing them to judge the truth in what has been said. I have said before that I have given the right to the key people around me, to at any time speak into my life words of advise and correction. As a result, I have had to go and apologies to some people. I should say, that if we have something to say try not to use a baseball bat to get your point across as Col 4:6 states, “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (NIV)Nevertheless, we need to pay the price of walking in wisdom even when it means eating humble pie.Lord give us the grace and humility to listen and learn, that we would add to our wisdom.