As I mentioned in the introductory post, I heard a very inspiring ten minute podcast from Zig Ziglar, that prompted in me the desire to explore more about the list of fifteen values that are common and that make civilizations and world religions, great. Those values are: Wisdom, Integrity, Love, Freedom, Justice, Courage, Humility, Patience, Industriousness, Thriftiness, Generosity, Objectivity, Cooperation, Moderation and Optimism.
We all know, relate or regard individuals that we consider wise. When we think of wisdom, usually their names come to mind. But inarguably, we always associate the name of Salomon with wisdom. The majority of the book of Proverbs was written by King Salomon. It is a book full of practical, everyday, doable advise that will enrich anyone, regardless if you are a follower of Christ or not.
But what is wisdom? It could sometimes be confused with intelligence, and both are very different. I can prove it. How many smart, intelligent, degree holders, high IQ individuals do you know, that their life is a mess? They have a PhD but their homes are destroyed. You can hold a Masters degree in finance and neglect the basic necessities of your family. Intelligence has nothing to do with wisdom, although when you become wiser, your intellect will blossom to heights unimaginable.
There is a saying that states “Knowledge is power,” and I can agree in part with that. You can have knowledge in a particular area and not act on it and it actually becomes theory. But we could transcribe this statement and say, “Applied knowledge is power,” because it is on the application that that knowledge is expressed. That said, wisdom works the same way; it has to be acted upon and in other instances, refrained upon. Not acting on something is also an action. Applied wisdom makes great men and women, which will make great nations and civilizations. The book of Job, tells us that true wisdom and power are found in God. Wouldn’t it be then obvious for us to seek his counsel as stated in his word? If the people that you listen to, are a preview of the future you, let’s choose correctly who we will listen. Jesus is the personification of Wisdom; applied wisdom. Following his teachings would be a good place to start.
A great nation starts with great people. And greatness in your nation can start with you.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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