Yes, I have ‘week’ set apart as it seems we keep them for several weeks… I don’t think that’s a bad thing.. but it will make for a very loooooong journey… which isn’t the worst thing that could happen.
OK.. so our new CT to focus on for a ‘week’ is as follows :
Wisdom vs. Natural inclinations – Seeing & responding to life situations from God’s frame of reference. Proverbs 9:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Man… this is certainly one we ALL wrestle with… that darn natural inclination kicks in very easily. It most likely stems from this worldview that we are fed constantly, that tells us that it’s all about us… we deserve all the we desire.. and in the words of Loreal Paris… “Because I’m worth it”.
It can definitely be challenging to see a situation from God’s frame of reference, as opposed to our own. It’s so easy to think (& sing.. LOL) “What about Me?.. it isn’t fair.. I’ve had enough, now I want my share.”
The ears of the great horned owl allow it to “see” from a second perspective. The owl’s ears are offset so that it can hear in all directions. This allows an owl to recognize and track its prey using only the sounds of footsteps.
This is a very good way to consider things… Do we ‘listen’ and ‘see’ with all the skills we have at our disposal ? Most likely not. It is certainly a very WISE thing to do. Is this skill set in the owl the reason why it is thought to be such a wise creature? Very plausible.
Another very interesting observation… the bible rarely encourages us to seek ‘knowledge’, but repeatedly instructs us to seek ‘WISDOM’. I think it’s fairly safe to say that a LOT of people believe they are one and the same.
Job 12 : 12 -Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
I love this scripture and believe it is one largely ignored in the world. The respect of elders that even I had 30yrs ago as a child, seems to have disappeared. The respect shown by today’s teenagers, or even young adults, is lacking to say the least. I really think it’s a no-brainer… The majority of People who are further along the road than you automatically have experienced more life lessons than you, so therefore have something to offer you. Now, don’t get me wrong.. what they have to offer isn’t always going to be Wise & good.. but that comes down to your discernment in each situation. A wise person will seek counsel from one they know they can trust.
Proverbs 4 : 6 & 7 -Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Much to ponder on and further investigate over the coming ‘week’.
Blessings Peeps !!