Do you want to be Wise or Smart

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1:7

I have always loved Proverbs.  As a child I was fascinated with Solomon’s desire for wisdom.  I still am fascinated and drawn to applying knowledge, understanding, experience, sound judgment and common sense into daily life.

To know wisdom and instruction,
    to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
    in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
    and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
    the words of the wise and their riddles.

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
    fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:2-7

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A good definition of being wise is: applied knowledge, understanding, experience, sound judgment and common sense into daily life. A good definition of being smart is: mentally quick and resourceful; intelligent. A smart person can remember and recall things quickly; they can learn and posses skills that come from mental and physical discipline and practice. Being smart has to do more with the capacity of your physical brain. Being wise has more to do with the knowledge and application of morality, justice and common sense in our daily lives. Being wise has to do more with an intimate relationship with God (Proverbs 2:6).  Choose wisdom over being smart.

After over 35 years together this is the wisdom I have gained about marriage:

  1. Forgive quickly and freely.
  2. Cultivate togetherness.
  3. Always be each others best friend and biggest fan.
  4. Don’t keep score or a record of wrongs.
  5. Greet each other with a smile and a kiss.
  6. Never stop touching.
  7. Always be willing to change, grow and learn together.

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