Proverbs tells us to seek wisdom and insight through our relationships with God and others. If we want wisdom that helps us succeed in life and stewardship, we should surround ourselves with people who are wise, that we trust, and open ourselves to correction and even reproof should we make a misstep along the way. For example, Proverbs offers us the following advice: “Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when counselors are many” (15:22). “Listen to counsel and receive instruction,” King Solomon advised his son, “that you may eventually become wise” (19:20).
Where do we find such people? We can start with God. Saint Paul calls Jesus “the firstborn of all creation . . . . He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17). Indeed, the Son of God is also the Wisdom of God. We can also rely on friends and family members, or fellow parishioners we respect.
We shouldn’t stress about trying to find ways to become wiser. Indeed, our first reading tells us that wisdom is not beyond us or out of our reach (Deuteronomy 30:14). However, listening to advice and accepting it aren’t always easy, especially when our own ideas and choices seem reasonable to us. We might think our idea is the right one, or feel that we are somehow giving in to what someone else thinks, whether we asked for an outside opinion or not. But if we insist that our idea is better, or don’t even consult others on important decisions, we may miss out on receiving some very valuable advice.
Again, if we want to live wisely and make good decisions, we should seek advice, walk with the right people, and change our behavior when we make a wrong turn or poor choice. We know we can trust in God to help us find wise people to learn from, and guide our efforts to share our time, talent, and treasure with others.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
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